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Copyright 1920 by 

Tlie Historical Board of theSlStli Infantry 

Philadelphia. Pennsylvania 






U. S. A. 

Being a True Record of its Organization 
and Training, of its Operations in the 
World War, and of its Activities 
Following the Signing of the Armistice. 





NOV -9 IS20 


















K^^y N inihlishing this liistory, it has Ijeen the aim of 
BjIi^ the authors to preserve in permanent form for 
J&Ml^i the members of the 31Sth Infantry a record of the 
Regiment from the day of its initial organization to the 
day upon which it finally passed out of existence as an 
active military organization. The 31Sth Infantry, as a 
combat unit of the American Expeditionary Forces in 
France, was privileged to play a glorious part in the great 
world struggle for humanity; and this volume deals largely 
with the achievements of the Regiment in tliat great 

The record of the 3I5th Infantry, set down in tlie 
pages which follow, stands clear-cut for all who may 
care to read. The information presented has been pains- 
takingly gathered bit by bit from the individual mem- 
bers of the Regiment itself. Each statement made has 
been carefully weighed and tested, and, although certain 
facts and figures may not agree in minor details with 
those of other official records, it is believed that the rec- 
ord here presented is as complete and accurate as it is now 
possible for human efTort to make it. 

The compilation and publication of this official history 
of the 315th Infantry has involved many months of 
thought and eti'ort on the part of its authors, but the task 
has at last been completed, and if, in addition to serving 
as an historical record, this volume shall aid the mem- 
bers of the Regiment in recalling the precious days of 
their brotherhood in arms and in knitting more firmly 
those ties of friendship born of a common duty in a noble 
cause, its purpose will have been accomplished. 









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of the 79th Division and the 158th hifantry Brigade 




Major General Joseph E. Kiihii - - August 25, 1917. to Deccuilicr 1. 1917 

Hrigailier General William J. Xicholson Dcoeniher 2, 1917, to l'"cbruary 1,^, 191S 

Major General Joseph E. Kuhn - - l-'cliruary 14, 1918, to January 19, 1919 

Brigadier General Evan M. Johnson - January 20, 1919. to h'ehruary 2, 1919 

Brigadier General John S. Winn - February 2. 1919, to February .3. 1919 

Brigadier General Andrew Hero, Jr. - l'"ebruary 3, 1919, to h'ebruary 9. 1919 

Brigadier Gencal Evan M. Johnson - h"el>ruary 9, 1919, to h'ebruary 2S, 1919 

xMajor General Joseph E. Kuhn - - March 1. 1919. to Mareh 14. 1919 

Brigadier General Evan M. Johnson - March 15. 1919. to March 31. 1919 

Major General Joseph E. Kuhn - ■ April 1, 1919. to (U-niol)ilization 

Xote — During the period from January 20. 1919, to b'ebruary 28. 1919. .Major Gen- 

era! Joseph E. Kuhn served as Connnanding General of tlie Xinth U. S. .Army Corps. 



Bri.gadier General Evcrard E. Hatch - - .August 25, 1917. to June 25. 1918 


Brigadier General Otho B. Rosenbaum - - June 26, 1918. to July S. 1918 

Colonel Oscar J. Charles - - - - July 8. 1918. to August 13. 1918 

Brigadier General Robert H. Xoble - .August 14. 1918, to September 26, 1918 

Colonel Alden C. Knowles ------ .Sc-iUemlier 27, 1918 

Cob.ncI William 11. Oury - - September 27. 1918, to October 12, 1918 

Colonel Alden C. Knowles - - - October 12, 1918, to October 22, 1918 

Colonel George Williams - - October 23, 1918, to October 29, 1918 ^ y 

Brigailier General l-Aan M. Jolmson October 30. 1918, to Xoveml)cr 19. 1918 


Colonel Garrison McCaskey - - Xovember 20. 1918, to Xovember 2^. 1918 


Brigadier General Evan M. Johnson - Xovember 24, 1918, to January 19. 1919 I 

Colonel Garrison McCaskey - - January 2(1. 1919. to February 28, 1919 | 1 

Brigadier General Evan M. Johnson - - March 1. 1919, to March 14, 1919 i 1 

Colonel Garriscm McCaskey - - - Marcli 15. 1919. to May 9. 1919 

Brigadier General Evan M. Johnson - - .May 10. 1919. to demobilization 

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From the organization of tlie 315tli Infantry in Augnst, 1917, until 
its return to the United States in May, 1919, the rolls of the Regiment 
show the names of approximately ten thousand officers and men. Na- 
turally all these were not fortunate enough to be with it in action, but 
practically all got the Regimental spirit and now take a just pride in 
its organization, training, marching, fighting and splendid efficiency. 

The officers assigned to the Regiinent at the time of its organization 
came mostly from civil life, after having completed the training camp 
course. A more loyal, willing, ambitious and high grade class of men 
would have been difficult to find. Each w-ent about his duties cheerfully, 
eagerly and harmoniously, and early became so imbued w-ith the im- 
portance of team work that the Regiment was soon noted for its a<l- 
vancement and esprit de corps. 

To the men of the Regiment, also, is due full measure of cre<lit for 
the development of the 315th Infantry into an efficient military organi- 
zation. Ever striving manfully and willingly to adapt themselves to their 
new life and new responsibilities, they made splendid progress and co- 
operated whole heartedly in the upbuilding of the Regiment. 

Until just before sailing for France, the men assigned to the 315th 
Infantry came from Philadelphia, and, as many of the officers were also 
from that city, the Regiment soon became known as "Philadelphia's 
Own." This fact filled the Regiment with pride and acted as a great in- 
centive to its members. It produced in them a determination to excel, 
and now they can justly glory in their past deeds. 

The regret of all is that many of our finest members, officers and 
men, paid the supreme sacrifice. May their dear ones take some com- 
fort in knowing that, to tlic living, they are the real heroes of the 

This history of the 315th Infantry lias been prepared under the di- 
rection of a regularly appointed board, and I am sure that every mem- 
ber of the Regiment will appreciate with thanks this praiseworthy work, 
which will be treasured more and more as time passes. The events re- 
corded are the plain unvarnished facts, which will bring renewed satis- 
faction with each reading and telling. 

In conclusion, let me voice the earnest hope that tlie records here 
presented and the traditions connected therewith will be instrumental 
in keeping alive that spirit of comradeship, sentiment of patriotism, and 
devotion to duty which burned so brightly wlu-n we were all serving in 
our magnificent Regiment. 



Colonel. U. S. .\rmy. 



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Camp l)ix. Xcw Jersey, June 0, 1010. 

To THE Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers 
AND Men of the SISth Infantry: 

The succeeding pages present to yon the history of your Regiment, giving you 
something that you can treasure as one of your clioicest possessions. 

No words of mine can convey to you tlie mingled emotions that overcome me as 
I attempt these parting words. 

My thoughts revert hack to the time I came to yon shortly after the arrival of 
the Regiment in I'rance. I fully appreciated the great privilege that had heen con- 
ferred upon me, I reahzed tlic great responsibility that was attached to this privilege, 
1 had some conception of tlie mighty task that faced us, I realized also that the game 
we were to prepare for called for human lives in the winning ; and that unquestioned 
obedience, loyally, strong l)odies, alert minds, initiative and courage were indispensable 
factors in the game — a game in which every officer and man must liecomc a mem- 
ber of, and work for the Team, his Team, his Regiment, so that it niiglu in turn play 
its part creditably, successfully and honorably. 

With these thoughts in mind, the standard of the Regiment was placed higli — a 
standard that had for its ultimate end a regiment without a blemish on the pages 
of its history, a regiment that each and every one of us would refer to with pride, 
and one the knowledge of whose exploits would remain with us forever, a cherished 

Now that our task is done, 1 can freely acknowledge the pride that wells up in 
my heart whenever I think of you. You have by your devotion to duty, in all that 
that phrase implies, made for your Regiment an unblemished history. You have been 
privileged to share a mighty task in behalf of civilization, humanity and right, and 
you have done it faithfully, modestly, and well. 

You, who scan these pages may well be proud of the loved one whose name ap- 
pears in this volume. Proud that you had him to give, and that you had the strength 
to do it bravely. You have in no small measure suffered the anxiety and sacrifices 
that weigh so heavily upon those who remain behind, you have often times, even though 
your own burden was great, helped to make his lighter with cheering news. In these 
things you also have played your part. 

For you who have lost your all, 1 feel the most profound sympathy and respect. 
Never a word of hopeless grief, utter despair, or desolation, but a spirit reflecting ac- 
ceptance of the inevitable, in a way that could only spring from the heart of one who, 
although broken with grief, can yet find comfort and consolation in the knowledge 
that he died in a cause that called for the best blood and manhood of our country, 
and that his blood sanctifies the soil in which he was laid to rest, his courage and 
his example, an inspiration to his comrades who bring back to you the story of his 

Whenever I think of the 315th Infantry, it will always be with the warmest aflfec- 
tion for those Officers, those Non-Commissioned Officers and Men who contributed 
to its splendid achievements and success. 



Colonel 31-")tli Infantrv. 


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Pnyr Kniiilfen 


The 515th Infanttry 




Horn in Virslniu, Auk. 2B. 1871. 

GriHhiutod from West I'oiiit and commissioiiLMl 2ti(l 

Lieut.. Inr.. June 12. 1S94. 
rn.miit.'d 1st Lieut., "tli Inf.. .\pril 2«. 1S9S. 
Served in Cuba during Spanisla-Ameriran War. Santiago 

CalnpaiBn. .Inne 23. 18118, to Aug. 20. 1808. 
Tromotcd Caplaiu 2<;tb Inf., Feb. 2. 1001. 
Served in Pliillppine Campaign against insurgents. 

April 18. 1001. to July 20. 1903. 
rrofessor Mililarv Science nnd Tactics, West Texas 

Militar.v Academ.v. April 23. inO<!. to June 30. 1000. 
Regimental Adjutant. June 11, 1010, to Oct. 1. 1012. 
Ileginiculai Quartermaster, Ma.v 12. 1014. to Nov. 1,">. 


rnuuoted Major. 2nd Inf.. Jul.v 1. 1010. 

Detailed Inspector General's Dept.. Ma.v 10. 1017. to 
Aug. 2.-.. 1017. 

rromoled Colnnel. Xati<uial .\rmy. Aug. 0. 1017. 

.\ssigneil lo 31.-jlli Inf.. N. A.. Aug. 2."i, 1017. 

rrouiole.l Itrigadicr General, Nafl Armj-.June 20.1918. 

Commanded I.'.slli Infantry lirigadc, June 20, 1018, to 
July 8, lOlS. 

Commamled 173rd Infantry Itrigado, July l.'i. 1918. to 
.\ug. 24. 1018. at wliich time embarked witli brigade 
for France. 

Served in Franco as Commanding General. 173rd In- 
fantry BriKa<le and 1.55tli Infantry Brigade. Sept. 8, 
lOlS. Ut Mav 20. 1010. 


Horn in New York. N. Y.. Feb. 0. 1873. 

Served in Cuba with 13th Inf. during Spanisli-American 

War. Wounrled in Santiago Camjiaign. 1808. 
Served as 2ud Lieut., 13th Inf., April 5. 189!). to Feb. 

2. 1001. 
Promoted 1st Lieut.. 2Stb Inf., Feb. 2. 1901. 
Assigned to 13th Inf.. Dec. 3. 1901. 
G^ailnate. Infantry and Cavalry School. lOOG. 
Graduate. Armv Signal School. 1007. 
Promoted Captain. 30th Inf., Oct. 1. 1907. 
Assigned to Signal Corps. June 12. 1909. 
Assigned to 14th Inf.. April 2. 1012. 
Assigned to Kith Inf.. May 13. 1912. 
Assigned to 2ml Int.. Sept. 20. 1014. 

rroinote«i Major. Infantry. May In. 1017. 

.■\ssigne<l to t;2tui Inf.. June 21i. 1017. 

rromoled Lieut. Col.. Natiiuial .Vrmy. Aug. .'i, 1017. 

Assigned to SlOth Inf.. National Army. .\ug. 2,"i, 1017. 

Assigm'd as Conmianding Officer, 315tli Inf., National 
Army. July 27. 1018. 

I'nunoted Colonel. Sl.ith Inf.. Nnt'l Army. July 30, 1018. 

Commamled 3ir)th Inf.. throughout Ihe entire period 
of its operations in France ami luitil its (inal demo. 
luli:!ation at Camp Pix. N. J.. June 0. IIHO. 

Cited i>y Major General Joseph K. Kuhu. 70tli Division. 
r. S. A,, for the Distinguisiieil Service Medal and 
recommended for proinotiuu to the rank of Itrigadicr 
general for services rendered in the tielii. 


Itom in Sidney Barracks. Nebraska. Mar. 14. 1S74. 

Served with 19th Inf. in Porto Kico during the Span- 
i8h-,\merican War. 

Served as 2nd Lieut.. 22nd Inf.. Oct, 10, 1898. to Feb, 
2. 1900. during which period served with regiment 
in Pllilippine Campaign against insurgents. 

Promoted 1st Lieut., loth Inf.. Feb. 2. 1000. 

Promoted Captain, loth Inf.. May 2n. lOOi;. 

Detailed Pay Dept.. Jan. 27. 1008. to Jan. 27. 1012. 

Assigned lo lltli Inf.. Jan. 27, 1012. 

Assigned to Sth Inf. 

Detailed Major. Philippine Scouts, commanding 10th 
Patl.alion aTul Post of Iloilo. Panay. Feb. 13, 191.'), 
to Jan. 31. 1010. 

Assigned to lOtb Inf.. Jan. 31. 1010. 

Promoted Major. Infantry. May lii. 1017. 

Assigned to 01st Inf., July 20, 1017. 

Promoted Lieut. Col., National .\rmy, .\ug. 

Assigned to 31.')th Inf.. X. A.. Aug. 2.-.. 1017. 

Detailed General Staff Corps. June 11. 1018. 

Pronuited Colonel, General Staff, July 30. 1018. 

Served as Ccd(Miel. General Staff. July 30. 1018. 
Sept. 2. 1010. 



Born in Montgomery. Alabama. Aug. 1. 1878. 
Graduate Alabama I'olytechnie Institute. Class of 1807. 
Graduate. Law School. University of Alal>ama. Class 

of 1809, 
Appointed 2ml Lieut., Infantry. Feb. 19. 1002. 
Served with 5tb Inf.. in Philippine Campaign against 

insurgents. May 20. 1902, to July 4, 1903. 
Ser^'ed with Army of Cuban Pacitication, Oct. 25. 1900. 

to Feb. 28. 1009. 
Promoted 1st Lieut., oth Inf.. Mar. 2. 1907. 
Professor Military Science and Tactics. T'niversity of 

Arkansas, July 21, 1912. to Aug. 2. 1914. 
Served In I*anama Canal Zone, Nov. 28, 1914. to Aug. 

30. 1917. 
Promoted Captain. Sth Inf.. July 1. 1010. 

Promoted Maior. National Army. Aug. 1. 1917. 

Assi;;ned to 31Sth Inf.. N. A.. Aug. 30. 1917. 

Di-tailed Commandant of Third and Fourth Otticers' 

Training Schools. Camp Meade. Md.. Jan. 1. 1918. 

to June 1.5. 1018. 
Detailed conimami --Vdvance School Detachment. 7!ith 

Division, and embarked with Detatdimcnt for 

France. June .30. 1018. 
Attended Annv General Staff College. I.angres. Haute 

Marne. France. July 23, 1018, to Nov. 22. 1918. 
Promoted Lieut. Col.. National Army. Aug. 1. 1918, 
Served with Fmbarkation Service. Base Section No. 1. 

France. Nov, 24, lOlS, to Feb. 2,8, 1919. 
Returned to Cniled States Mar. 24. 1919. and assigru' 1 

to duty with General Staff. 


BcU'n in Kansas. .Tan. 3. 1881. 

Served with 1st Artillery iOth Co.. Coast .\rtillery) and 

118th Co., Coast Artillery. May 18, 1899, to Oct. 17. 

Served as 2nd Lieut.. 24th Int., Oct. 17, 1902. to Sept. 

Hi. 1008. 
Pronudcd 1st Lieut. 24tb Inf.. Sept. 10. 1908. 
Assigned to 27th Inf.. March 24. lOlii. 
.■\ssigned to 23rd Inf.. Sept. 1. 191.'i. 
Promoted Captain. 34th Inf., July 1. 1910. 

Prolunlcd Maj«»r. National Arm.v, Aug. .'». 1017. 
Assigned to Servii'c of Supply, American Expeditionary 

Forces, France, 1917. 
Detailed Quarlermaster Corps, July 2ri, 1918. 
Promoted Lieut. Col., National Army, July 30. 1918. 
Assigned to 31.-|tli Inf.. O.-t. 30. 1018. 

- - rr.. Dec. 1.-., 1018, 

.Tan. 1.1. 1010. 
on Service. Base Section No. ft. 

.■Assigned lo .'104111 .\ni. 
Assigned to SLIth Inf. 
Assigned to Endiarkali 
April 2.';. 1010. 


Horn in rhiladelphia, Tn., Juno. lS7r>. 

Gradiiatp in niodieine, Medicn-Chirurgical Collocc. Pliil- 

adolpliia. Pa.. Class of 1S97. 
Served as acting assistant surgeon. U. S. Army, during 

Spanish-American War. 
Appointed 1st Lieut., M. C, Officers* Reserve Corps. 

Ma.v. 1010. 
Ordered t<i active dutv at Fnrt Oglethorpe. Ga., Ma.v, 

Assigned as Regimental Surgeon. 312th Field Artillery. 

National Army, Aug. 27, 1917. 

I'rnmnt.Ml Caiitain. M. C. October, 1917. 
Prnnioted Major. M. C. February, lOlS. 
Detailed Advance School r>et:ichment. 7iH h Division. 

nnd embarlied for KrMiH-e. .Tune 30, lOlS. 
Assigned to Field Hospital. Aug. 2,5. 1!H8. 
rouiinandcd Triage Hospital. 70th Division. Sept. ir». 

VMS. to Nov. 12. IIIIS. 
Assigned to Reg'I Surgeon. Sl-'ith Inf.. Nov. 12, 1918. 
Pnunotrd Lieut. Col.. M. C. February. 1919. 
Retired from active dutv upc»n demobilization of SlTith 

Inf.. .Tune 9. 1919. 



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On March 10th, 1910, a hoard of officers was appointed hy Colonel Alden C. Knowles, 
commanding officer of the 31Sth Infantry, to prepare an official history of the Regiment. The 
officers designated as members of the hoard were Lientenant Colonel John A. McKenna, 
M. C, Captain Alfred G. Harlow and Captain George L. Wright. Captain David E. Wil- 
liams, Jr., later joined the board as an ex-officio member. 

This board of officers, officially known as the Historical Board of the :!15th Infantry, at 
once set abont the preparation of a Regimental History, and, after several weeks of care- 
ful study, the plans which have resulted in the publication of this volume, were submitted 
to the Commanding Officer of the Regiment and approved by him. 

In order to facilitate the compilation of the Regimental History, the Historical Board 
divided the work involved among various members of the Regiment. An editorial and busi- 
ness staff was formed and each member of that staff was made responsible for the preparation 
of a definite part of the History. The photograph of the editorial and business staff appears 
at the top of this page and the personnel of the staff follows . 

Editorial and Business Staff 

Managing Editor 

Assistant Editors 

Athletic Editor - 
IVclfarc Editor 
Photographic Editor 
Assistant Photograpliic Editor 

Art Editors - ' - 

Business Manager 

Lii:i'TEN.\NT Colonel John A. McKenna 

C--\PT.\iN George L. Wright 

( Captain Alfred G. Harlow 

( Captain Ledlie I. Laughlin 

Captain Fred H. McClintock 

Chaplain Richard V. Lancaster 

Captain Carl W. Wentzel 

Pvt. 1st Class James L. Brown 

( I'vr. 1st Class A. Stanley Roberts 

t Private Hvman Pinkovitz 

Captain David E. Williams, Jr. 

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The Regiment 


Organization and Training I 


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Page Beventeen 

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Roster of Officers of the 315th Infantry 

Colonel Otho B. Rosenbaum 
LiEUT.-CoL. Charles E. Morton 
Capt. Samuel W. Fleming, Jr. 

(September 21, 1917) 

Commanding Regiment 

Lieutenant-Colonel of Regiment 

Regimental Adjutant 


Major Noble J. Wiley - 

First Lieut. John W. Stauffer - 

company a company b 

Capt. F. W. McL. Patterson Capt. John V. Bostwick 
1st Lt. James H. Carpenter 1st Lt. Fred H. McClintock 
1st. Dt. Benj. H. Pollock 1st Lt. Arthur L. Bagans 
2nd Lt. Logan B. Gill 2ud Lt. John J. Conahan 

2nd Lt. Charles S. Tiers 2nd Lt. Russell M. Willard 

2ad Lt. Lester C. Shearer 

Battalion Adjutant 

Capt. Charles H. Tilghman 
1st Lt. Charles J. H.vde, Jr 
2nd Lt. Ross B. Stickle 
2nd Lt. Francis A. Chidsey 
2nd Lt. N. S. Barratt. Jr. 
2ad Lt. George S. Barker 

Capt. John H. Ricketson. Jr 
1st Lt. Seth C. Hetherington 
2nd Lt. Lawson G. Bash 
2nd Lt. Frank A. Van Horn 
2nd Lt. Conrad F. Nagel, Jr 
2nd Lt. William R. Mease 


Major Norman E. Borden - - - 

First. Lieut. Coleman P. Brown 

Capt. Lut'iiis A. Miller 
1st Lt. John V. Murray 
2nd Lt. Earl H. Gish 
2nd Lt. Walter Hibbard 
2nd Lt. Edgar J. Eyler 


Capt. John B. Mustin Capt. Earle C. Offinger 

1st Lt. William H. Sutphin 1st Lt. Joseph D. Noonan 

1st It Walter Gallagher 2nd Lt. J. Ferguson Mohr 

oad Lt Thos. L. Ashbridge 2nd Lt. Herman D. Partsch 2nd Lt. George B. Althouse 

2nd Lt.' John J. Borbidge 2nd Lt. John 0. Snyder 2nd Lt. James S. McKeon 

Battalion Adjutant 

Capt. D. B. Williams, Jr. 
1st Lt. Walter F. Hayes 
2nd Lt. B. Morrow Sheppard 

Zl lI; ^^ce K^nLkett ^d L. Z:;; a" W:r ^^d Lt. John N. McBowell 2nd Lt. Ralph J. Miller 


Major Francis V. Lloyd 

First Lieut. Benjamin Bullock, 3rd 


Capt. Albert Friedlander 
1st Lt. Orsen J. Graham 
2nd Lt. Harry D. Furey 


..... ('apt. Ward W. Pierson 

Is't' Lt. Cha^s. Arbuthnot. 3rd 1st Lt. George L. Wright 
2nd Lt. Milton B. Goodyear 2nd Lt. Theodore Rosen 

Capt. George P. Schole 

;nd Lt George H. Trundle 2nd Lt. David M. Wallace 2nd Lt. George b. Freeman 

2nd Lt. Ira B. Kellberg 
2nd Lt. Raymond T. Turn 

2nd Lt. Stanley A. Welsh 
2nd Lt. Charles F. Baer 

Battalion Adjutant 

Capt. Wm. W. Van Baman 
1st Lt. J. W. Darley 
1st Lt. Carl W. Wentzel 

u„ ^i. U.--.B 2"d Lt. James Woods 

;nd Lt. Floyd S. Strosnider 2nd Lt. Carl W. Andrews 
2nd Lt. Henry D. Fansler 





Capt. Francis A. Awl Capt. Joseph G. Duncan, Jr. 

1st Lt. Robert H. Lafean 1st Lt. Frank S. Crawford 

1st Lt. Ledlie I. Laughlin 1st Lt. Fred H. Lucas 

2nd Lt. Joseph G. Bingman 2nd Lt. Edward B. Maguire 

2nd Lt. Ray C. Lehman 2nd Lt. Robert P. Meily 

2nd Lt. Alfred G. Harlow 2nd Lt. Ernest V. Becker 


Capt. Victor H. Moreau 
1st Lt. J. Lambert Smith 


Capt. Bertram Duckwald 
Ist Lt. Wallace Bnlford 
1st Lt. L. L. Blackburn 
1st Lt. Samuel J. Marks 

The following officers joined the Regiment and were assigned 

to the companies indicated, October 1, 1917 

1st Lt. Alfred L. Quintard to Company A 1st Lt. William A. Sheehan to Company F 

1st Lt. Edwin L. Journeay to Company B 1st Lt. Wilton M. Snowden to Company M 

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Camp Meauk in the Making 


I X Aiiril (), 1917, the ( ioxcrnmcnl of the United States declared 
I war against the Im];)erial (iovernment of Germany and with 
I that declaration set in movement forces which ultimately 
resulted in the establishment of the most powerful military 
force in the history of our people — the National Army of 
I the United States. ( )f that Army was the 79th Division, and 
WM of that Division was the 315th Regiment of Infantry. 

SB The 315th Infantry, N. A., to give the Regiment its first 

official designation, had its birth-place in .Vnne Arundel Coun- 
ty, Maryland, where the Government, immediately following the declaration of 
war, had rented a tract of land comprising some fifteen sc|uare miles which the 
War Department purposed making into a national army cantonment to receive 
recruits from eastern Pennsylvania, Maryland and the District of Columbia. This 
cantonment was called Camp Meade, in honor of Major General George G. Meade, 
who in 1864 received the thanks of Congress for his services at Gettysburg, July 
1-3. 1863. Camp Meade was selected as the place for the organization and train- 
ing of the 79th Division. 


The order creating the various units of the 79th Division issued from the 
War Department on August 3, 1917. This was followed on the 11th by Special 
Carder No. 186, which designated the officers assigned to the different organiza- 
tions of the Division. The 315th Infantry was organized provisionally on August 
26. 1917, ])ursuant to General ( Jrder \o. 2, Headquarters Camp Meade, Mary- 
land, assigning certain officers to the Regiment, and permanently organized Sep- 
tember 21. 1917. ]nirsuant to (ieneral Order No. 9. IIead(|uarters 79th Division. 
This latter order was issued in accordance with General Order No. 109, War 
Department, 1917. Such in l)rief were the orders ujjon which the Regiment was 






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The Regiment Gets Its First Recruits 

The officers assigned to the 315th Infantry came in the main from the Second 
and Sixth Companies of the Fourth Provisional Training Regiment, U. S. T. C, 
the members of which had undergone a three months course of intensive military 
training at Fort Niagara, New York, in what has popularly come to be known 
as the "First Officers' Training Camp." This course of training, which was de- 
signed to fit men for officers' commissions in the new National Army, was com- 
pleted on August 15, 1917. 

Perhaps it was the practice of the War Department to seek to keep together 
men who had received a common training and in forming units to place them 
by groups taken from the same training camp. But whether policy or accident 
nothing could have been more fortunate for the speedy upbuilding of a regimental 
esprit de corps. It meant that the officers assigned to the Regiment had come to 
know one another and were able to bring into the field of their larger responsi- 
bilities all the qualities of friendship and respect, together with a just and sympa- 
thetic appreciation of one another's work. 

At this point it may not be out of place to make mention of two of the men 
most often spoken of as the days of the training camp began to take their place 
in the field of reminiscence. These men were Captain Wait C. Johnson and Cap- 
tain Archibald F. Comiskey, who commanded the Second and Sixth Companies, 
respectively, at Fort Niagara. Both were men of vigorous enterprise, clean sports- 
manship, efficiency and fitness. Their influence, in the beginning, moulded the 
thoughts and actions of the majority of the officers of the Regiment and was 
responsible in no small measure for the final development of the 315th Infantry 
into a fighting organization. 

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Amid the disconsolate intermingling of sandy fields, broom sedge, unkempt 
orchards and woods of old field pine that was to develop later into the modern 
army cantonment of Camp Meade, those who had journeyed from the training 
camp on the shores of Lake Ontario found their first home down at the south- 
western edge of the reservation in Jjarracks A-35. In this building, at that time 
one of the few completed buildings in camp, were ([uartered also the officers of 
the 316th Infantry. Here it was that the members of both organizations learned 
that the 315th and 316th Regiments of Infantry were to compose the 158th 
Infantry Brigade, under the command of Brigadier Genera! Everard K. Hatch. 
Here it was, also, that the officers of the 315th Infantry were welcomed as they 
reported for duty by Colonel Otho B. Rosenbaum. No one who was associated 
with the RegimeiU at that time will forget the masterly way in wliich all the 
aftairs of the organization were handled by Colonel Rosenbaum. His influence 
and personality welded the Regiment into a unified machine, while his spirit domi- 
nated every asjjiration for improvement and efficiency. A graduate of West 
Point, at the beginning of the war he was a major in the Inspector General's 
Department. His j)romotion to the rank of colonel came as a recognition of his 
ability, l)0th in the field and in the technique of war. 


()f those whose fortune it was to l)e associated with the Regiment in the 
late August and early September days of 1917, there are few who will forget 
the sight of Camp Meade in the making. At that time it resembled, perhaps, 
nothing so much as a w-estern mining camp in full blast ; workmen here, there 
and everywhere, with the whole world resounding to the buzz of saws and the 
clang of hammers as barracks after barracks sprang into being. In the evenings. 




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when the laborers gathered together at the contractors' canteens, it was no 
uncommon sight to see on one corner of the street a hundred or more worshippers 
at the shrine of Chance engaged in what to all intents and purposes was a very 
prosperous crap game, while not fifty yards away a few of the more religiously 
inclined were assembled before a soap box pulpit, listening to a rough-and-ready 
lay preacher in blue overalls. The idea of the western mining camp lost nothing 
by the fact that the crap game seemed invariably to be the victor over the pulpit. 

For the officers who at that time formed the nucleus of the Regiment the 
days of early September proved busy enough, and long hours were spent acquir- 
ing the niceties of close order drill and in sketching interminable miles of country 
roads, while between times strenuous efforts were put forth to secure a bowing 
acquaintance with army paper work under the tutelage of Lieutenant Colonel 
Morton. With the week-ends came dusty tramps to Admiral or Disney, at which 
points were located stations of the Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis Rail- 
way. Throughout the entire stay of the Regiment at Camp Meade, the "W. B. & 
A." remained a much reviled, albeit very necessary institution. Its sins were 
great, but whatever its shortcomings, it offered — with its friends, the jitneys — 
the only escape into the outer world. 

On September 15th, the Regiment moved from A-35 to buildings in Block 
R, which was destined to be its permanent home in Camp Meade. These build- 
ings were on the opposite side of the reservation from A-35, and, in accordance 
with good old army tradition, the move was heralded with no uncertain amount 
of griunl)ling. In the end, however, it proved to be a blessing in disguise, for 
ere the 315th Infantry had shaken the dust of Camp Meade from its shoes 
forever. Block R had seen grow up around it the Divisional Post-Office, the Camp 
Meade Terminal of the W. B. & A., the Y. M. C. A. Auditorium, the Liberty 
Theatre, the Y. W. C. A. Hostess House and the Camp Fire Department. 

Under the original cantonment plans. Block R was designed to hold a 
regiment of 55 officers and 1,900 enlisted men. In the early fall, however, new 

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tables of organization were jjuljlishcd. and in these the strength of an infantry 
regiment was set at 103 officers and 3,652 enlisted men. To take care of this 
increase in strength, half of Block S was tnrncd over on October 23rd for 
the use of the 315th Infantry. In the two blocks combined, the buildings as- 
signed to the Regiment consisted of twenty large two-story buildings for the 
men and five smaller barracks for the officers. In addition to these, there was 
a separate building for regimental headquarters, one for the guard-house, an 
infirmary, three warehouses and six stables. East of the regimental area there 
was adeqtiate space for athletic fields, and during the stay of the Regiment at 
Camp Meade every effort was made, consistent with the full daily drill schedule, 
to encourage out-door sports. In this connection a word ought to be said con- 
cerning the Y. M. C. A. plant in Block S, which was open to the men of the 
Regiment at all times. Its service of films, stationery, education and recreation 
was keenly appreciated by the men of the 315th Infantry, and for the officers 
it aflorded a place of assembly upon the occasion of lectures given by officers 
of higher commands. 



After repeated delays, the vanguard of the men who were to make up the 
Regiment arrived on the morning of September 21, 1917. Several days jirior 
to that date there had been assigned to the Regiment 37 men from the Regular 
Army to serve as a nucleus around which to build up the personnel of non- 
commissioned officers. However, as the organizations of the Regular Army 
had already supplied a great many of their best men for the new Regular regi- 
ments, fewer than half of these men assigned to the Regiment proved satis- 
factory, and the others were returned to their former organizations. The 361 
recruits who arrived on the morning of September 21st all came from the 
city of Philadelphia, and with them came the news that the 315th Infantry 
was to be composed exclusively of men from the Quaker City. This circum- 

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stance gave rise to the title by wliich the Regiment has always been identified — 
"Philadelphia's Own" — and to the pride with which the 315th Infantry has ever 
borne itself as the representative of one of America's largest cities. On Sep- 
tember 22nd, the Regiment received from Philadelphia its second increment of 
men and found itself doubled in size. Day by day the recruits came in until, 
by October 15th, the 315th Infantry had a total strength of 2,731 men. 

One of the incidents of these early days from which the Regiment has always 
taken a great amount of satisfaction is the fact that the 315th was the first regi- 
ment in Camp Meade to have a band. Through the efforts of Colonel Rosenbaum 
and Captain Awl, ten musicians arrived on the 24th of September, and on the 
following day the National Anthem was played at retreat. This was the first 
music that was heard in camp, and, from all statistics available, it seems as 
though the Regiment had the first organized band in the entire National Army. 
The band leader was Mr. Joseph Painter, and the nine men who came with him 
were: — George W. Moyer, Harry A. Shoop, Edgar F. Hand, Harry Schoenman, 
Jerry McClay, Ralph Sieberling, William S. Lieberman, Harry Ammon and 
Charles F. Fanstermacher. These men all enlisted at Pottsville, Pa., for the 
express purpose of creating a band for the 315th Infantry. It is interesting 
to note the various occupations of the men before their enlistment, as it throws 
light on the cosmopolitan character and capabilities of the National Army's 
personnel. Two were miners, one a painter, one a printer, two were machinists 
and one other was a boilermaker. The same diversity would have been found 
in any other group of men who went to make up America's new army. 

Another note-worthy feature of the Regiment's early activities was its es- 
tablishment of the first canteen in the Division. This event was brought about 
largely by the energy of Major Noble J. Wiley, who came from the Regular 


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Arniv to command tlie First Battalion. Through Major Wiley's efforts, a 
tent was put up by men of the Regiment in the middle of Block R, a stock 
of supplies secured and all necessary arrangements made to open a regular 
army canteen, or "reginienial exchange." The exchange was opened on the 
afternoon of .September 25th and at once did a land-office business. On Septem- 
ber 26th, Second Lieutenant Russell M. Willard, of "B" Company, was placed 
on special duty as Regimental Exchange Officer, and from then on the regimental 
exchange became an established institution. Shortly after its opening, the ex- 
change was moved to building R-44, where it remained during the entire slay 
of the Regiment at Camp .Meade and added increased profits month by month 
to the various company funds. 

Of the incidents which went to make up the life of the recruits during their 
first days in the army but little neetl now be said, as they are common knowledge 
to all. Each man in turn was lined up, interrogated and his comjjlete history 
tnially tabulated in the army's cross-index system. To each, with absolute im- 
partiality, the doctors awarded a "shot in the arm," and each experienced the 
rigors of the army's physical examination. In this latter connection it may be 
of interest to note that among the men of the 315th Infantry examined during 
the month of September, 1917, one recruit, thirsting for the blood of Germans, 
was found to possess a wooden leg and another a glass eye. 

Of the physical changes wrought by the army in men fresh from the city 
streets but passing mention need also be made. How the pallor of indoor life 
gave way to the bronze of life in the open, how the stoop gradually worked itself 
out of drooping shoulders, how, little by little, bulges at the waist-line became 
less pronounced and how slouchiness gave way to snap and vigor is a more or 
less familiar story to all who have witnessed the transforming power of military 
life and disci])line. 

And with the changes in the men themselves came also changes in their 
environment. ( )nly a few of the buildings w-ere completed when the troops began 


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to arrive, but, before many weeks had passed, trees and brush had been cleared 
away, corn fields and sweet potato patches levelled, and in a section where there 
had not been any more than half a dozen isolated grey farm houses, there sprang 
into being a city, well ordered and symmetrically planned, capable of holding 
nearly fifty thousand men. 


The first big event in the early life of the Regiment was its participation in 
the Second Liberty Loan Campaign conducted by the Division from October 
2nd to October 25th. 1917. The Regiment was out to make a "killin'," and in 
the homely vernacular it "brought home the bacon." The total amount sub- 
scribed in the Division was $1,607,800.00 and, of all the units in Major General 
Kuhn's organization, the 315th Infantry stood first on the list with total subscrip- 
tions of $233,700.00. This amount was not only the largest subscribed in the 
Division, but, with one or two exceptions, was the largest subscribed by any simi- 
lar organization in the entire American Army. 

In connection with the Liberty Loan Campaign, Senator J. Hamilton Lewis,, 
of Illinois, on October 13th, addressed the assembled Division on Liberty Field, 
which lay just north of the Divisional Post Office. This aiTorded the first 
opportunity for the Regiment to meet en masse its neighbors in the Division 
and full advantage was taken of the opportunity, with benefit to all concerned. 

As summer waned and fall wore on, the 315th Infantry gradually rounded 
into shape as a military organization. The men of ability began to stand out 
above their fellows, and many were the special orders issued from Regimental 
Headquarters "making" non-commissioned officers. During the fall and early 
winter months, numerous calls were made upon the Regiment to help fill up 
the Regular Army divisions then training in southern camps. Men were sent 
to the 3rd, 4th and 5th Regular Army Divisions, the 82nd National Army 
Division and to a host of smaller specialized units in various sections of the 

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United States. The largest single transfer was made on October 17th, when 
1,000 men of the Regiment were transferred to Camp Gordon, Georgia, together 
with all necessary papers and equipment. This task was brought to successful 
completion with less than 48 hours notice. 

Thanksgiving arrived and was celebrated in true .\nierican style at every 
compan\- mess. After Thanksgiving the days followed one another with in- 
creasing swiftness as the Christmas holidays approached. On December 17th, 
and the first few days immediately following, nearly a hundred officers with 
brand new commissions from the second series of Officers' Training Camps 
were attached to the Regiment for training and experience. With the deijletions 
made among the rank and tile of the Regiment through transfers to other 
organizations, it seemed for a time as though the 315th Infantry were to possess 
the distinction of being a fifty percent mixture of officers and men. Of these 
new officers, five were ultimately assigned j)ermanently to the Regiment. The 
men in question were First Lieutenants William M. Carroll, Jr., John T. Ford, 
jr., William H. Murrell, Walter M. Collins and Second Lieutenant James F. 
Delaney. The great majority of the newcomers, however, remained with the 
Regiment only until spring, when orilers from the War Department called them 
one by one to new fields of endeavor. Ne\ertheless in their comparatively short 
stay at Camp Meade they left their mark on the .^13th Infantry and their works 
hold a permanent place in its memory. 

Just at the opening of the Christmas holidays, on December 21st to be 
exact, a Christmas entertainment was given l)y the Regiment in the Y. M. C. A. 
Auditorium. The building was crowded to capacity, and the entertainment, 
which consisted of music and \au(le\ille numbers by the home talent of the 



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Regiment, proved to be a decided success. Through the generosity of friends 
of the 315th Infantry in Philadelphia, Christmas packages were provided for 
every member of the Regiment and these were distributed after the entertain- 
ment. In this connection, it is only proper that a word of appreciation be spoken 
concerning the interest taken by the people of Philadelphia in the Regiment and 
the unqualified assistance and support which they gave it at all times. Mrs. 
M. S. Taylor, representative and co-worker of a patriotic committee of ladies 
of Philadelphia, endeared herself to the Regiment through her substantial con- 
tributions and her devotion to the welfare of those left behind. Others promi- 
nent among those who devoted their time and resources to the welfare of the 
315th Infantry were Mayor Thomas B. Smith, Judge and Mrs. Norris S. Barratt, 
Mr. Frank H. Moss, Mrs. J. F. Reynold Landis, and Mr. William F. Cochran. 
These and hundreds of others did much to provide for the recreation and com- 
fort of the men of the 315th Infantrv and to them the Regiment owes an eternal 
debt of gratitude. 


On December 22nd, the Division was assembled in its entirety for the sec- 
ond time in its history. The occasion was a review of the Camp Meade troops 
liy the Honorable Newton D. Baker, Secretary of War. The review, which 
was held on Liberty Field, provided a beautiful picture of life and movement, 
and, as rank after rank swept past the reviewing stand, one sensed fully the 
growing strength of America's new army. Immediately following the review, 
one-half the Regiment indulged in a wild dash for the first available exit from 
camp. This half comprised those who had been fortunate enough to secure 
passes home for the Christmas holidays, much to the envy of their less fortunate 
fellows. The unfortunate ones, however, were not overlooked, and in all the 
companies Christmas was celebrated by a sumptuous dinner with plenty of 
"seconds" for everybody, so although there were many who perforce had to 
spend the holiday away from home, there was no one who did not feel that 
it is an ill wind which blows no one some good. The men who did not get away 
on Christmas were given passes home to celebrate the New Year's holidays. 

In the succeeding months the weather was severe. Seldom had there been 
seen in that part of Maryland such continuous cold. The ground stayed covered 
with snow almost contiimously until the middle of March. During this period, 
the greater part of the time was devoted to indoor instruction within the bar- 
racks, and the "push and pull' exercise, together with the sand table, reigned 
supreme. There was, however, a goodly amount of work in the open, and most 
can readily call to mind maneuvers and skirmishes through snow, often times 
knee deep, that involved stealthy attacks on Jackson's Grove and other inoiifen- 
sive hamlets of southeastern Maryland. Throughout the winter months and 
early spring, also, numerous officers and men were sent to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, 
and to schools located within the Division itself for instruction in the specialized 
weapons of modern warfare. With the coming of spring, however, indoor 
work lessened and work in the open became more and more the rule. As the 
month of March drew to a close, there grew within each man a determination, 
grimmer than ever, to fit himself for the part he was to play as a member of 
the United States Army. This determination grew from the momentous bits 

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A "Pup Tent" Camp 

of news that tilteretl in from the battle-fields of Europe. The threat s]) 
oiifensive of the German Army had started and even then was threatening to 
engulf the Allied armies before America could get her forces in the field. 


The Regiment had its initial camp experience during the night of March 
20-21, 191S, when a shelter tent camp was pitched down at the southern edge 
of the reservation about two miles south of Admiral and close to the tracks 
of the Philadelphia, Baltimore & Washington railroad. The night was exceed- 
ingly cold, and as yet there has been no one discovered w-ith the temerity to 
admit that his first night in a "])Up-tent" is a thing of joyful remembrance, but 
the experience more than made u]) for the discomforts. Next morning camp 
was broken in the midst of a miniature cloudburst. Even this failed to dampen 
the ardor of men who were making the first ste])s toward becoming old cam- 
])aigners, and the return march was made to the accompaniment of "The Old 
(jrev Mare" and kindred soldier melodies. 



The next event to loom large upon the horizon was the review of the 79th 
Division by President W'ilson at Baltimore on April 6th. 1918, in celebration 
of the first anniversary of the United States' entrance into the war. To par- 
ticijiate in the review, the Regiment left Canij) Meade at 8:40 .\. M. on the 
morning of April 4th, and camped that night at l:!altimore Highlands, a suburb 
on the western outskirts of Baltimore. The night of April 4th-5th seemed, 
somehow or other, to have been one of those nights that missed its place in 
the calendar and arrived several months late, for morning found the entire 


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camp covered with a hen\y coatiiii:; of frost, and stiff joints were nnicli in 

On -April 5th. the Regiment entered Baltimore, which was already gaily 
bedecked with flags and bunting. The streets were crowded with spectators, 
and from the windows of the tall buildings along the line of march, bright-eyed 
maidens of the city showered smiles and candy ini])artially ujion the troops 
below. It was a gala occasion, and on that day at least, the doughboy stood 
forth in undisputed glory. The camping place selected for the 315th Infantry 
during its stay in Baltimore — Patterson Park — was reached about noon-time, 
and here the Regiment pitched cam]) until the morning of the 7th. 

The review of the Division on the 6th was a solemn and stately spectacle. 
As the men from Camp Meade, with bayonets fixed, advanced in seemingly 
endless procession through the historic streets of Baltimore, there was not one 
among them who did not hold himself a littfc straighter and lift his chin a little 
higher than ever before. Nor was there one who did not feel within him a 
spirit of pride in his Regiment, his Division and the great army of which both 
formed a part. It was in this spirit that the 315th Infantry — "Philadeljihia's 
(Jwn" — swung past the reviewing stand and rendered its salute to the President 
of the United .Slates. 

The return to t'ani]i .Meade started before day-break on the morning of 
.\pril 7tli. and all that day the concrete highway between Baltimore and 
Camj) Meade resoimded with the tramp of marching men. It has always been 
a matter of pride to the members who at that time made up the 315th Infantry 
that, when the Regiment finally entered camp after its march of 22 miles, there 
was not a man missing from the ranks of those who had originally started. 

ON THE t.\rc;et R.VNGE 

Scarcely had the Regiment settled down after its return from Baltimore, 
when it started oft' on another trip : this time to the target range on the southern 
edge of the reservation. Here the I'hiladelphia contingent remained in shelter 
tent camp from April 15th to 19th, inclusive, during which time the hills and 
valleys round about re-echoed to the sharp crackling of rifles and the Regiment 
got its first real smell of powder. 

Throughout those hot .\pril days, all eyes were strained across the shimmer- 
ing sands of the range for glimpses of the elusive white disc by which each 
might gauge his prowess with the "Model 17." In the evening the scores of 
the day were again shot over at the gatherings on the pine-covered knoll behind 
the camp, where the ever-present "canteen" dispensed its wares to long lines 
of the faithful. When the last scores had been turned in and the final results 
tabulated, it was found that the Headquarters Company had acquired the right 
to championship honors in rifle shooting, with "11" Company a close second. 

With target practice completed, work was begun on the construction of a 
bayonet assault coiu'se just east of the Regimental area. Much time was also 
devoted to the game of oi)en war. Up to that time the tendency of most of the 
training had been toward the methods of trench warfare, inasmuch as that sort 
of action seemed to predominate in I^Vance. But toward the beginning of sum- 
mer, the feeling was entertained on the part of higher commanders that, after 
all. the war would be decided by the tactics of open warfare, and detailed 



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Troops of the ;^15th Infantry on the Target Range 

attention was given to this method of training- 

Frequent maneuvers were out- 
Hned, and one heard much of "The enemy having landed in Baltimore" and that 
"Enemy patrols were last night reported in Severn." 


As the month of May passed and reports of developments on the Western 
Front came in, the Regiment became more and more impatient to meet the final 
test upon the battle-fields of Europe. This impatience was augmented by the 
knowledge that units of the National Army were beginning to ])lay their parts 
in the world struggle. The 77th Division had already landed in France, the 
78th. SOth, 82nd, 89th and 90th Divisions were getting under way. But day 
after day passed and still the 79th remained in Camp Meade, lying apparently 
forgotten in the back eddy, while past it swirled the great current of world 

Recruits came to the Regiment, were given a period of intensive training, 
and then transferred to swell the ranks of organizations who had secured the 
coveted places on the "priority list." By May 31st this condition had existed for 
nine months, and during that time the 315th Infantry had received and passed 
through the transition stage between civil and military life some 10,000 mem- 
bers of the National Army. 

With the coming of June, howex'er, life took on a brighter aspect. The 
American Army had finally taken the offensive in Europe, the gallant First 
Division having taken Cantigny, and troops were being rushefl to France in 

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increasing numbers. The Regiment received a large increment of new recruits 
and all had the feeling that iniportaiU events were pending. 

With so much in the air, runmrs liegan to Hy thick and fast. ( )ne said this 
morning that "he had it on good authorilv that this regiment would he sent to 
Russia." Another solenmly avowed that lie had it as "straigiit dope this after- 
noon that we would be sent to Mexico." « *ne day we would be going to France 
"next week" ; the next "it was evident now that thi.s regiment and division would 
be retained at Cam]) Meade as a training unit." Nothing more clearly reveals 
the ceaseless activity of the soldier's mind or his sense of humor than the con- 
stant production of rumors. 

On June 11, 191S, the Regiment sustained a sharp blow in the 
loss of Lieutenant Colonel Morton, who was called to Washington to become 
a member of the General Staff, llis Ixuowledge of military affairs and his 
engaging jiersonality had won him the respect and admiration of both oflicers 
and men, and it was with real regret that the Regiment bade him tiod-speed 
as he departed to take up his new duties. 

As the June days lengthened, the future began to take definite form. The 
Division finally secured its jilace on the priority list, and ])re])arations for de- 
jiarture overseas went on with increasing activity. During the latter half of 
the month, the entire Regiment went on a rampage of inspections, and in([uiries 
as to Private Jones' missing shoestrings and the whereabouts of i'rivate Smith's 
collar ornaments became quite the most important topics of the day. 

On June 27th, after nearly ten months of training for the battle-front, the 
first members of the Regiment started for France. These comprised an ad- 
vance detachment of 11 officers and 12 men wlio were sent ahead for a month's 

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"Ken" Clark, Divisional Song Leader, Leading Regimental Singing 


course of schooling at the First Army Corps School in France with the idea 
of securing for the Regiment information as to the most recent methods of 


Coincident with the departure of this advance detail came news confirming 
what had heretofore been merely rumor, namely, the promotion of 
Colonel Rosenbaum to the rank of Brigadier-General. This news was received 
with mingled feelings of joy and sadness; joy in the fact that the War Depart- 
ment had so fittingly recognized the merit and ability of a leader who had 
forever enshrined himself in the hearts of his men, sadness, because the Regi- 
ment must enter the field of battle without the services of him who had con- 
trolled its destinies from the beginning. With the definite assurance that Colonel 
Rosenbaum would be unable to accompany the Regiment overseas, command 
of the organization devolved upon Major Lloyd, commanding officer of the 
Third Battalion, as both Major Wiley and Major Borden, commanding the 
First and Second Battalions, respectively, were members of the advance school 

The 4th of July, 1918, was a notable occasion, because at that time it be- 
came evident that within the next few days the 315th Infantry would be under 
way. The day was celebrated by an athletic meet and the production of a 
musical farce comedy, "The Widow's Mite," at the Liberty Theatre by a troupe 
from the Regiment. 

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On Sunday, the 7th of July, the tuial orders for movement at last arrived. 
One after another of the companies marched from the barracks in "R" block to 
Disney, where trains of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad were waitinj^ to receive 
them. The first contingents left at 2 P. M., and by 5 o'clock that afternoon 
the entire Regiment was on its way to New York with the farewell greetings 
of Colonel Rosenbaum ringing in its ears. That night was spent in the yards 
at Jersey Citv. Early next morning the various units of the Regiment detrained 
and proceeded by ferry to L'nitetl Stales lunbarkalion Pier No. 3 at 1 loboken. 
The ship assigned to the ,il5th Infantry was the former Ilamljurg-American 
liner Aiiicrika, renamed the .linrrica. and at that time the third largest transjjort 
flying the American flag. 


OFF .\T L.\ST! 

The night of July f^lh was spent aboard shij). Late in the afterncjon of the 
9th, the America, in a gray mist, steamed down the Hudson, passed the 
towered spear-head of Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, and sailed out into the 
Atlantic. The ship was one of a convoy of five steamers which carried a total of 
nearly 22,000 troops, at that time one of the largest, if not the largest, single 
shij)meiu of troops ever made. The America carried abroad nearly 6,000 
troops, a fact which resulted in great over-crowding. Even standing room on 
deck was at a premium, and the Regiment was divided into three shifts for 
sleeping. On the night of July 14th, at 11:50 P. M., the America rammed 
and sank a J>ritish freight steamer, the I ndcslntcto. The ill-fated steamer 

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was struck amidships, cut practically in two, and kicked off about tifty yards to 
the starboard, where it sank stern down in seven minutes. The night was very 
dark and bodi steamers were running without lights. The captain of the 
America ordered a brief stop, had life-boats lowered and succeeded in rescuing 
eleven of the fortv-two who had composed the crew of the Indcstnicto. 

The remainder of the voyage, which, in all, lasted nine days, passed with- 
out incident, and on Thursday, July 18th, the America dropped anchor in 
E'lrest harbor. At seven o'clock that evening a lone lighter appeared in some 
miraculous fashion, and the First and Third Battalions, some 2.000 strong, 
crowded aljoard and were ferried to the docks along the harbor front. 


Perhaps it was coincidence, or perhaps it was fate, but as the khaki-clad 
boys from the City of Brotherly Love swung up from the docks through the 
narrow, winding streets of Brest, the first sound to greet their ears was the 
familiar refrain "Hail, Hail, the Gang's All Here," chanted shrilly by swarms 
of French youngsters who thronged the route of march. Intermingled with 
Philadelphia's good old rallying cry were to be heard piteous appeals for pennies, 
cigarettes and chewing gum, all of which seemed to be desired for "papa." The 
advance guard of the Regiment, after many twistings and turnings, finally reached 
its camping ground at midnight and pitched shelter tents in a driving downpour 
of rain. The following day the Second Battalion, Headquarters Company, Ma- 
chine Gun Company and Supply Comj^any came ashore and followed in the 
footsteps of their brethren. 

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As long as memory holds, Brest, in the minds of the men of the 315th 
Infantry, will stand as a synonym for rain, mud and general discomfort. Dur- 
ing the three days which the Regiment spent in the fields outside the city, it 
ranied almost continuously. Food, water and wood had to be carried on men"s 
backs for a distance of two miles over roads that were ankle deep with mud. 
At all hours of the day and night, soldiers were to be seen strung out along the 
road staggering under loads of firewood, canned tomatoes, slabs of bacon, bread, 
and other articles deemed necessary by the Government to maintain the life and 
fighting s])irits of the doughboy. During the journey from the Commissary to 
the cami), these articles, iiarticularly the l)read, acquired a generous coating of 
mud, the thickness of which varied in direct ratio to the number of stops made 
by the bearer. As a rest camj), Ilrcst was not a howling success. As one home- 
sick doughboy disconsolately init il. ".Vbout the only thing you rest here is your 

However, all things base an end and so it was with Brest. ( )n July 21st, 
the morale thermometer registered a jump that nearly blew the mercury through 
the top of the tube. The first movement toward the fighting line had started. 
At noon on that date, the First Battalion and Headquarters Company gleefully 
struck tents, and waded through the mud to a railroad siding near the dock, 
where a train was waiting to bear them, once for all, from the environs of 
Brittany's ancient city. Were tears shed at parting? Yes, gentle reader, but 
only by those who stayed behind. For those who went, no cloud could dim the 
future, not even when it was learned that the trip was to be made in box cars, 
wjiicli some misguided native of I'rance had at one lime or oilier in IJic dim 




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The Village Square in Ciiatoillenot 

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The Church in Leucuev 

past decided capable of holding forty men or eight horses. The "Hommes 40 — 
Chevaux 8" idea sounds good on paper but nowhere else. If you don't believe 
it, ask any member of the A. E. F. 

The Second Battalion and Machine Gun Company followed in wake of 
the First Battalion on the morning of the 22nd, and the same afternoon wit- 
nessed the dejiarture of the Third Battalion and Supply Company. 


Three days and three nights were spent on the trains traveling iidand, dur- 
ing which tiiue the Regiment passed through the cities of Rennes, St. Brieue, 
La\al, Le Mans, Tours, Bourges, Nevers, Dijon and Is-sur-Tille. The trip was 
a novel and refreshing experience for both officers and men and afforded the 
first insight into the lives and customs of a people with whom the Regiment 
was destined to spend the better part of a year. 

On July 24th, the first section arrived at the detraining jjoint, Vaux, which 
was also the Divisional railhead. The following day, the third section arrived, 
and these units were billeted in the surrounding towns as follows : Headquarters 
Company and Company "D," together with Regimental Headquarters, at Esnoms ; 
Companies "A," "B" and "C," with First Battalion Headquarters, at 
Courcelles ; Comijanies "I," "K" and "L," and Third Battalion Headquarters at 
Chalancey ; Company "M" at Vesvres ; Supply Company at Chatoillenot. 

The second section, carrying the Second Battalion and Machine ( nm Com- 
pany, became more or less confused on route and did not arrive at its detraining 
point, Vivey-Chalmessin, until July 26th. The night of the 26th was spent de- 
training, and on the following day the companies marched to their billeting areas 

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as follows: C()ni]);iiiies "E" and "V" at Aujeurres; Companies "G" and "II," 
and Second I'.attalion Headquarters, at Lcuchey ; Machine (km Company at 
( liatdillenot. 

RI'.CIMI-.X'!' TkAlXS IX 'ri-.X'!'!! .\RR.\ 

The foretjoinij towns, allotted to the i\et,nnienl. were ])art of the Tenth 
Training Area, in which the Division was to spend the final ])erio(l of training 
hefore going to tiie I'Vont. This area lay some fifty kilometers south of Chau- 
mont, the (leneral Headquarters (G. H. Q. ) of the American T-xpeditionary 
i'"orces, and hut twentv-li\e kilometers from I.angres, the great school center 
of the American Army. 

I hi July 27th. just as the last of the Second llaltaliim was estahlishing itself 
in the nt-w area. Lieutenant Colonel ^Mden C. Knuwles was attached to the 
Regiment 1)\ order of the Division and at once assumed command. The new 
commander was well-known to most of the officers and men of the .515th Infan- 
trv. having served as lieutenant colonel of the ,^16lh Infantry during the entire 
stay of that regiment at Camp Meade. This circumstance smoothed away what- 
ever difficulties of adjustment might otherwise have existed. Colonel Knowles 
brought to the Regiment a strong will, a mind well versed in military strategy 
and a fund of wide and varied experience gained during his years of service 
in the Regular .\rmv. < )n .\ugust 1st, his promotion to the rank of colonel was 
announced, and on the same date the order was issued from Division perma- 
nently assigning him as commanding officer of the ,51.Sth InfaiUry. 

.\ month and a half were spent in the Tenth Training Area in final prej)- 
aration for the serious work to come. During this period, great stress was laid 

Second B.\ttai.ion P. C. at Aujeurkes 

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Third Battalion Group at Chalancev With Chateau in Background 


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A Street Scene in Chalancey 

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upon maneuvers, and e\eryone from general to private was drilled incessantly 
in all the \vh\s and wherefores of his job. During this period, also, the Regi- 
ment becanii.- more or less familiar with the habits and customs of rural France. 
One learned, for instance, that next to '■Com])rce" the word "Fini" was the one 
most frc([uently used in the French language, and again that it is entirely pos- 
sible, when one has become acctistomed to it, to share one's habitation in perfect 
amity and understanding with the occupants of the Ijarnyards. It"s all in what 
you are used to, and everyone ra])idly became conversant with continental ideas. 

I*"inally, after six weeks' training, the powers-that-were decided the Regiment 
was ready to take its place at the front, and on the 8th of September the .515th 
Infantry started on the journey that was to end at the edge of No Man's Fand. 

The first stage of the journey was made by rail from V'au.x to Revigny. 
The tri]) was made in four sections, the first section arri\-ing at Revigny at 
midnight. .September Sth. and the second and third sections during the morning 
and afternoon of September 9th. Upon detraining, the First Battalion marched 
to Bazincourt. followed by the 1 leadcjuarters Company and the Machine Gun 
Coni])any to Lisle-en-Rigault and Haironville respectively. The .Second Bat- 
talion in turn proceeded to its billets at Brillon. The fourth section, carrying 
the Third Battalion, was the last to reach Revigny, and the Battalion upon de- 
training marched most of the night in a heavy rainstorm, not reaching its billets 
at Haironville until four o'clock on the afternoon of September 10th. 

The Regiment rested for two days in this area and on the night of the 12th 
embussed for the front on a French camion train. The trip lasted all night, 
the \arious units arriving at Rampont early on the morning of the 13th. The 
day was spent in camps in the general vicinity of Dombasle. and that night the 
315th Infantry set out on the last stage of the journey to the trenches. 



.A. Street Scene in Vesvres 

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Roster of Officers of the 315 Infantry 

(September 1, li»18) 

Colonel Alden C. Knowles 
Lt.-Col. Noble J. Wiley 
Captain Samuel W. Fleming. Jk. 
Captain Coleman P. Bkown 
Captain Alfred G. Harlow 

Coininanding Regiment 

Lieiileinnil-Cdtiiiiel of Regiment (On D. S.) 

Regimental Adjutant 

Regimental Personnel OfHeer 

Res.imenlal Inlelligenee Officer 


Major Fred. W. McL. Patterson 
First Lieut. Walter Gallagher 

Batlaliiin Adjutant 


Ciipt. Josciib n. Nnolian Capt. John V. Hostwlck Ciipt. Cliarli-s H. Til^'Iuimn Ciipt. Julm II. ItickfLsim. Jr. 

1st Lt. James H. Carpenter Ist I.t. Artluir L. Bagans 1st Lt. Robert P. Meilj- 1st Lt. .Setli C. Hetlierington 

1st Lt. Alfred L. Quintard 1st Lt. Edward h. Journeay 1st Lt. Conrad F. Nagel. Jr. 1st Lt. Lawson G. Bash 

2nd Lt. N. S. liarratt, Jr. 1st Lt. Ben.1. H. Pollock 1st Lt. Stanley A. Welsh 1st Lt. Frank A. Van Horn 

2nd Lt. Logan B. Gill 2nd Lt. John J. Conahan 2iid Lt. George S. Barker 2i]d Lt. William R. Mease 

2nd Lt. Lester C. Shearer 2nd Lt. Austin E. P.esancon 2nd Lt. Shepard F. Williams 


Major Norman E. Borden . - - 

First Lieut. W.\llace E. Hackett 
First Lieut. Richard V. Lancaster 

company e 



Battalion Adjutant 




Capt. Lucius A. Miller Capt. Fred H. McCliutock Capt. Earle C. Offlnger Capt. David B. Williams. Jr. 

1st Lt. Frank S. Crawford 1st Lt. William A. Sheehan 1st Lt. J. Ferguson Mohr 1st Lt. Walter F. Hayes 

1st Lt. John V. Murray 1st Lt. William M. Murrell 1st Lt. John C. Snyder 1st Lt. George N. Altliouse 

1st Lt. Edgar J. Eyler 1st Lt. Ralph J. Miller 2iid Lt. Herman D. Partsc-h 1st I.t. James S. McKeon 

2nd Lt. Walter Hihbard 2nd Lt. Thos. L. Ashbridge 2nd Lt. Chester G. Stewart 2ml Lt. B. Morrow Sheppard 

2nd Lt. John J. Borbidge 2nd Lt. llavid A. Wiley 2iid I.t. Charles S. Tiers 


Major Francis V. Lloyd . . - 

First Lieut. Benjamin Bullock, 3rd 
First Lieut. George M. Bailey 


Capt. George P. Scholes 

Capt. Albert Friedlander 
1st Lt. Orson J, Graham 
1st Lt. Raymond T. Turn 
1st Lt. George IL Trundle 
2iul Lt. William B. Dodson 2Tid Lt. Ernest \'. Becker 


Capt. Francis A. Awl 

1st Lt. Chas. Arbnthnot. 3d 1st Lt. George L. Wright 

1st Lt. Wm. M. Carroll. Jr. 
1st Lt. Walter M. Collins 

1st I.t. John T. Ford 
1st Lt. Theodore Rose 


Battalion Adjutant 



(':irit. Wm. W. Van llaniau 
1st Lt. Wilton Snowden. Jr. 
1st Lt. Carl W. Weutzel 
1st Lt. Henry P. Fansler 

2ud Lt. Ira B. Kellberg 

2nd Lt. Louis U. Labine 

2tnl Lt. (Jeiu'ge S. Freeman 2nd Lt. Harry 1). Fnrey 
2ud Lt. Floyd S. Strosnider 2nd Lt. Carl W. Andrews 




Capt. Ward W. I'icrsou 

1st Lt. Ledlie 1. Laughlin 

1st Lt. John W. Stauffer 

1st Lt. Edward B. Mugnire 

2ud Lt. Francis A. Chidsey 

2nd Lt. Joseph R. Bingman 2nd Lt. James F 

2ud Lt. Russell M. Willard 

2nd Lt. Joseph C. Painter 

Capt. Jos. G. Human. Jr. 
1st Lt. Fred H. Lucas 
1st Lt. David M. Wallace 
2nd Lt. John N. McDowell 
2nd Lt. Charles F. Baer 



Capt. Victor H. Morcaii 
1st Lt. J. Lambert Smith 
Isl Lt. Chas. J. Hyde. Jr. 
L'lid Lt. E. Stickid 


.\l:ij. Robert B. Shackelford 
Caj.t. Wallace Bulford 
1st Lt. William F. Craig 
1st I.t. Ivor D. Fcuton 
1st Lt. Ralph A. Claridge 
1st Lt. Robert C. Van Buren 
1st Lt. Marvin B. Campbell 
1st Lt. Samuel Friedlander 
1st Lt. Norman B. Gardiner 
1st Lt. George L. Drach 


The 515 th Infanttrv 

The Regiment 

On the Western Front 

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The I.MlKKKli RkM.N ANIS OF THE BniS l)E Malanxoikt 



HE sector assigned to the 315th Infantry for its initial ex- 
perience at the battle-front comprised the right half of the 
Division's sector — "Sector 304." The half taken over by 
the Regiment was known as the haxry sub-sector, and, at 
the time of being taken over, was held by the 333rd French 
Infantry Regiment. The sector lay about 15 kilometers 
northwest of the great French fortress, V'erdini. and during 
the s]jring and summer of 1916 had witnessed the bitterest 
and bloodiest struggles of the war. when the legions of the 
Crown Prince had attemjited to smash the French line at the .grim fortress 
on the Meuse. 

( )n the right of the Regimental sector, during the night of .September 
13th- 14th, Company "E" entjred the front line trenches on "Hill 304," where 
human skulls and bones still lay in mute evidence of the titanic struggles of the 
])ast. Eight hundred meters further back, Companies "(i" and "H" took over 
the line of resistance with the latter company on the right. These companies 
lay at the head of "Death X'alley," the graveyard of tliousands of French and 
I ierman dead. Beyond the mouth of this ravine was j)lainly visible "Dead Man's 
Hill" ( Le Mort Homme), the scene of numerous attacks and counter-attacks 
during the great German drive of 1916. Half a mile behind the line of resistance 
was located the Battalion P. C. — P. C. Cannebiere, and here "F" Company was 
stationed in reserve. 

The left half of the Regimental sector was taken over by the First Battalion. 
"C" Company occupied the line of observation with the tattere<l remnants of 



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Regimental P. C. (P. C. Caesar) on Hill 309 

the Bois de Malancourt in its immediate front and behind it Companies "A" 
and "B" on the line of resistance. "D" Company occupied the reserve position 
at BattaHon Headquarters — P. C. Copinard. 

Behind the headquarters of the front hue battahons was located the Regi- 
mental P. C. on "Hill 309," at which point were stationed also Company "I," of 
the Third Battalion, and the Pioneer platoon of Headquarters Company. A 
thousand meters behind the Regimental P. C, "K," "L" and "M" Companies, of 
the Third Battalion, took up position as the Regimental Reserve in Normandv 
Woods, in conjimction with the Supply Company. Headquarters Company es- 
tablished itself in Camp Civile. The Machine Gun Company joined and support- 
ed the First Battalion on the left of the Regimental sector, while Company "A," 
of the 312th Machine Gun Battalion, supported the Second Battalion on the 
right. So much for the disposition of the Regiment on its first entry into the line. 

While the 315th Infantry occupied its sector on the Allied line, it gained the 
knowledge that opposite it lay one of the most formidable positions on the entire 
Western front. Five hundred meters beyond the most advanced posts of the 
outpost line, across the waste of rusted wire and shell-torn ground that marked 
No Man's Land, ran the German front line. Here the Boche had lain for 
nearly four years, and here apparently he intended to remain. Just within his 
lines, in the sector opposite the Regiment, lay the nearly obliterated villages of 
Haucourt and Malancourt. Behind these the country rolled to the north in hills 
and valleys dotted with small clumps of woods and underbrush, and traversed 
by band after band of barbed wire entanglements. Behind all, far back on the 
northern horizon, rose the dominating heights of Montfaucon from which the 
Crown Prince had directed the assaults of his army two years before. This 
great citadel had been christened "The Little Gibraltar" by the German High 

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Conimaiid. and the hoasl liad been made that it woidd iic\er l)e taken by the 

Strcinji^ as the (iernian position was by nature, it had been rendered still 
more formidable by artificial means. Durinji; the four years of their occujiancy 
of the French soil north and west of \'erdun, the in\aders, at an immense cost of 
time and labor, had constructed and organized four successive lines of defense. 
The tirst of these was the prolongation of the famous Hindenburg Line, which 
at this ])oint lay three kilometers south of Montfaucon. Then in tjrder came 
the Hagen Stellung, the \'olker Stellung and finally the last great line, the Kriem- 
hilde Stellung. .\t the point opposite "Sector 304," the distance between the 
first and last of these lines of defense was less than eighteen kilometers. Such 
were the positions opposite the 315th Infantry. 

The l-'aNTy Sub-sector was what the French would term a "ires bon" sector. 
The days and nights were quiet and, except for the whistle of an occasional 
shell, there was little to indicate that here lay the forces of two great nations 
engaged in war. 


( )n the night of September l.^ih, the Regiment suti'ered its first casualty in 
the death of Corporal Thomas L. Landenberger, of Company "1," who was 
fatally wounded at the Regimental P. C. (P. C. Caesar), by the e.xplosion of 
an aerial bomb dropped from a German plane and intended for the Headquar- 
ters building. At the same time, two other members of the same company were 
wounded slightly. 

A switch was made in the positions of the various comjianies on the night 
of September LSth. Company "A" relieved Company "B" on the line of ob- 

P. C. Cannebiere Near Esnes 


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i'. C IN THE FnRET DE llh>M-_ 

servation, Company "B" having relieved Company "C" two nights before. The 
Third BattaHon moved up from its reserve position and reheved the Second 
BattaHon. which took over the place vacated by the Third. The Third Battalion 
established itself as follows: Company "K" on the line of observation. Com- 
panies "L" and "M" on the line of resistance, Company "I" in reserve. Com- 
pany "E" took over the place of Company "T" on Hill 309. During the time 
the Regiment occupied the sector, it had on its right the 129th Infantry of the 
33rd Division, and on its left the 313th Infantry of the 79th Division. 

It was just at the time that the changes mentioned in the foregoing paragraph 
occurred, that the Regiment first became aware of unusual activity in its sector. 


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The first intimation came in the form of a group of French marines, who licsjan 
the construction of large gun emplacements along the Doml)asle-Monlze\illc 
Road. A (lay or two later, hatteries of heavy howitzers took u]) position one 
hy one in the vicinity of Msnes, a ruined village on the right edge of the Kegi- 
mental sector. Still later, hatteries of French 75's made their appearance just 
hehind the line of resistance, and then it was settled heyond all question of douht 
that an attack on a large scale was impending. With this fact assured, specula- 
tion hccame rife as to whether or not the 315tli Infantry was to he included in 
the assaulting forces. (Jld-timers in the ranks scoffed at the idea of green 


Slope of Htu. *i4 C.\n Be Seen ,\t the Left H.\xd Side of the Pictcre 

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troops being sent against positions such as those lying opposite tlie Regiment, 
and the majority of the Regiment was of the opinion that the initial attack, at 
least, would be made by some of the more tried and seasoned divisions. Finally 
the question was settled. ()n the 23rd, orders were received that the attack 
would be made on .September 26th, and that the 79th Division would form i)art 
of the attacking line as a shock division. The 31.^th and 314th Infantries, under 
the command of Brigadier General Nicholson, were to iniii.ilc the attack in 
the Divisional sector, which was to be narrowed to half its original width. The 
315th and 316th Infantries, under the command of Brigadier ( leneral Xoble, 
were to act as a support, the 315th Infantry following the 314lh, and the 316lh 
Infantry following the 313th. For the attack, the front of the Regimental sector 
was to be diminished to include onl_\- tliat held by the batt.alion on the ri!,dit, 
at that time the Third Battalion. 

On the evening of September 24th, the sub-sector held by the i'"irst ilattalion 
was taken over by troops of the 316th Infantry, the First Baltidion taking U]) 
position in the F"oret de Hesse. The following evening, the 314th Infantry 
passed through the Regiment from the rear and look over the front line trenches 
from the 129th Infantry, which had outposted two entire divisional fronts during 
the preceding 48 hours, in order that a series of Boche raids along the line might 
not disclose the fact that different divisions were being massed for an attack. 

The plan of action, as outlined in P)riga(le orflers. jirovided that the 3 1 5th 
Infantry should supjiort the attack of the 314th Infantry at a distance of 1,000 
meters, ad\ancing with two battalions in line and one in sn])port, the latter to 
serve as a Brigade reserve. To carry out this plan, the First Battalion, during 
the night of September 25th, was brought over from the Foret de Hesse, and placed 
on the left of the Third Battalion in the Regimental attack sector, .\fler the 
necessary changes of position had been acconi])]ished, the Regiment was dis- 
posed in support of the 314th Infantry as follows: The First Battalion, under 
Major Patterson (who had succeeded Major Wiley when the latter was ordered 
to the (jeneral Staff College at Langres), occupied the front line on the left 
half of the Regimental sector; Company "C" in trench Delacroix, Companies 
"D." ".V" and "B" along the Boyau Tournehere. The Third Battalion, under 
Major Lloyd, was posted on the front line on the right half of the Regimental 
sector; Company "I" in trench Cant, Comixuiies "K" and "L" in Boyau de la 
Cannebiere and Boyau des Zouaves, Com])any "^I" in trench Raoul Duval. 
The last-named company was detailed as Regimental reserve. The .Second liat- 
talion, under Major Borden, bad come u]) from Normandy Woods and taken 
position, with Companies "K." "I!" and "(1" just south of the road ojijiosite 
P. C. Cannebiere, and Company "V" immediately behind the center of the 
First and Third Battalions to act as "nioppers-uii." 


At ele\en o'clock on tlie night of .September 25th, a deep boom far behind 
the .\merican lines heralded the beginning of the si.\-hour .Mlied barrage. It 
was the most terrific bombardment ever delivered upon a front of similar extent. 
Massed between the Meuse and the western edge of the -\rgonne, were three 
thousand pieces of artillery gathered from all i)arts of the Western front. Many 


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"Over the Top" 

of the pieces were still hot from action in the St. Mihiel salient, while others 
had seen service with the British in Flanders and with the French in the 
Champagne. There was an average of one gun for every eight meters of front, 
and, at certain points in the line where stifi' opposition was expected, the average 
interval was much less. Opposite Montfaucon, in the sector occupied by the 
315th Infantrv, the artillery was literally lined up hub to hub. 

None, whose privilege it was to witness it, will ever forget the indescribable 
grandeur of the artillery barrage which preceded the great Meuse-Argonne ()f- 
fensive. The somber hills guarding Verdun and the country to the west seemed 
rimmed with flame. The air was filled with the whistling of passing shells, 
and above all rose the thunder of the guns. Close at hand could be heard 
the sharp, staccato bark of the French 75's, farther back mounted the throaty 
roar of the six and nine-inch howitzers, while, in the distant rear, hills and 
\alleys re\erberated to the deep boom of the huge naval guns along the 
Dombasle road. 

Two hours after midnight the fire of the artillery seemed to double in inten- 
sity, and the metallic whiz of shells ox'erhead merged into a continuous scream. 
The batteries had changed to drum-fire. It was the final Ijarrage Ijcfore the 
attack, and for three hours a deluge of steel and flame was let down upon the 
lierman positions ahead. 

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At 5 :.i() A. M. cm \\\v ninrniu',' of St'ptLMiihcr 26tli, tlic first \va\es of in- 
fantry s\vc])l forward, and the American Army, witli nine divisions on a 25-mile 
front, heijan tlie mighty offensixe which ended only with tin- Armistice. 

The 79\\\ |)i\isi(in ,id\anctd as the right flank division of the .Mh Corps, 
which had heen gi\en the ])ost of honor in the center of the attacking line. ( )n 
the right of the Camp Meade division was the 4th Regular ,\rmy Division, and 
on the left, the 37th Xaticjnal (iuard Division. 

In accordance with the jilans laid down, the 315th Infantry started its 
advance across No .Man's l,an<l wlu-n the last elements of the 314th Infantry 
had jiassed a thousand meters heyond the jum])ing-off point. On its right was 
the 4th Division, on its left the .?13th and 3I6th Infantries, the 313tli Infantry 
on the front line. i he 315th Infantry .Machine ( lun Com])any suppt)rted the 
l-'irst Battalion, and Conqiany "A," of the 312th .Machine < inn li.attalion, sup- 
]iorted the Third Battalion. 

Scarcely had the leading units of the Regiment cleared their own wire, 
when they ])lunged into a dense smoke l)arra';e which the I'irst (ias and Flame 
Regiment h;id put o\ er just pricjr tn the advance of the front line. This smoke, 
comljined with the mist which lay in the valley, made it extremely difticult for 
com])anies and platoons to keep touch with one another. 

.\hout eight o'clock, the "]iut-put-put" of ( lerman machine .guns could he 
heard in the mist ahead, as the 3I4th Infantry gained contact with the P)Oche 
machine gun nests in and around .M.alancourt. .shortly .afterwards tiie lirst 
grou])s (jf ( icrman prisoners hei^an to hie hy, hands held above their heads. 
Ivich group proceeded under the escort of a grinning doughhoy, whose h.xed 
bayonet served as an effective -^pur to lagging footsteiw. 

Although the firing ahead had liecn in ])rogress for quite a time, the advance 
went on rajjidly. The Regiment did not ronie under direct fire until "1" Coni- 

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Some of the First German Prisoners Captured by Troops of the 79th Division 

pany, the leading company of the Third BattaHon, reached the Forges Brook at 
the southern edge of Haucourt and the dismal swamp of the Bois de Malancourt. 
Here the men of the Third Battalion were subjected to the fire of German 
snipers who had taken up positions in the ruins of Malancourt. 


It was at this point that the first battle casualty in the Regiment was re- 
ported. First Lieutenant Raymond T. Turn, commanding the first platoon of 
"I" Company, was killed instantly just as he was about to lead his platoon across 
the Forges Brook. It is believed that his death was causei 
which exploded in his pocket after being struck by a German sniper's bullet 

< )n the left side of the Regimental sector, the First Battalion went forward 
without resistance until it had crossed the Forges Brook, when its advance 
was held up by a rain of bullets from machine guns and snipers in the Hinden- 
burg trench, one and one-half kilometers north of Malancourt. 

At 12:30 P. M., an "S. O. S." call for assistance was received at Regimental 
Headquarters from Colonel Oury, commanding officer of the 314th Infantry, 
who requested reinforcements for his front line. Major Lloyd, of the Third 
Battalion, was at once directed to send forward two companies. Following the 

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issuance of this order, lio\\e\er, word was reccixed from Division that no aid 
would be jjivcn the leaihnj; regiment at this time, and, in conse<iuenee, the orders 
for two companies to reinforce the ,^14th Infantry were immediately revoked. 

By three o'clock in tiie afternoon, tlie Tjiird Battalion, despite the continuous 
fire of snipers from the front and tlanks. had "moi^ped u])" Malancourt and 
advanced a half kilometer beyond. But here its advance was held up by a storm 
of machine gvm Ijidlets, one-pounder shells, minenwerfcrs and the fire of a 77-nim. 
wun, a sacrifice piece, which was tiring o\er the sights at the advancing troops. 
This tire swept in a southeasterly direction down tiirough the clr;iw leading into 
Malancourt. and came, in the main, from wiial were afterwards found to be 
S])eciall\- jjrepared positions in the llindenburg trench system. 

In the middle of the afternoon, the Third Battalion suffered another casualty 
in the death of Second Lieutenant Floyd S. Strosnider. of "L" Company, who 
was killed by a machine gun bullet while leading his platoon through the dense 
underbrush northwest of Malancourt. .\t .almost the same time, the death of 
First Lieutenant William F. Craig, of the Medical Corps, was reported. Lieu- 
tenant Craig, who at the time of his death was attached to the Second Battalion, 
was killed instantly I)y the explosion of a Ccrman shell at the cross-roads in 

At three o'clock, the advance of both the First and Third Battalions had 
been halted by the overwhelming fire from the German trenches ahead. The 


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Amilrican Artillery Horses Caught in a German Trap Near Montfaucon 

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front line companies, liowever, held grimly to their task, and rL-])eated attempts 
were made to advance, tiradually the line edged forward, and hv six o'clock 
that evening the wave of llie .?15th Infantry had crawled U]) the hill slopes 
and into the llindenhurg trench, iiere the Regiment took up positions for the 
night: Companies "I" and "K" of the Third Battalion, east of the Malancourt- 
Montfaucon road ; Companies "L" and "M" and the First llattalion. west of 
the road; the Second Battalion in a system of trenches ahout 4(X) nietcrs south 
of the Third Battalirjn : and Regimental Tlead(|Uarters one kiliim;'ler southeast 
of Malancourt. 

During the da}-, the Regiment had lost 3 officers and 9 men killed and 31 
men wounded. .\ total of 61 (ierman prisoners had been captured, 42 of these 
having heen taken at one time hy the men of "C" and "B" Companies in the 
woods one kilometer northwest of .Malancourt. Owing to the stifl' resistance 
encountered by both the 3L5th and 3-14th Infantry, the front line of the Division 
at the end of the first day was considerably behind the line established liy the 
4th Division on the right and the Vi/th Division on the left. 

THE ADWXXCh: ( )F Sia'TI-.MBl'.R 271"ll 

Shortly after six o'clock on the morning of .September 27th, Brigadier 
(ieneral Noble was relieved by the Division commander. Major Cjeneral Kuhn, 
who reorganized the Division into two ]jrovisional brigades, one consisting of 

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The Rl'ins of Muntfaucon 

Former Headquarters of the German Crown Prince in Montfaucon 

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The Shell Shattered CiirncH in MoxTFArcciN 

the 313th and 316th Infantries; the other of the 314th and 315th Infantries. 
Colonel Knowles was placed in command of the provisional brigade consisting 
of the 314th and 315th Infantries until sucli time as he could gain contact with his 
senior, Colonel < )ury, the commanding officer of the 314th Infantry. < )rders 
were given for the Brigade to push forward willi all possible speed, the regi- 
ments maintaining the same relative positions as on the preceding day. 

Re])orts had come into Regimental liead([uarters, early that morning, that 
conditions on the right of the Malancourt-Montfaucon road were such as to 
make it impossible for troops to move forward without being subjected to heavy 
machine gun fire from the direction of Cuisy. For this reason orders were 
issued to the Second Battalion to take uji position immediately behind the Third 
Battalion on the west side of the Malancourt-Montfaucon road and there await 
orders. In the meantime. Colonel Knowles, accompanied by his .\djutant. Cap- 
tain Fleming, made a personal reconnaissance of the front line positions. This 
reconnaissance showed that an advance on the right of the road would not be 
so seriously held up as reported, and, in consequence, the Second and Third 
Battalions were at once ordered to reform on the right of the road and to push 
forward until contact was gained with the rear elements of the 314th Infantry. 
To Colonel Knowles fell the task of establishing lines of communication, plan- 
ning and co-ordinating the work of artillery and tanks in support of tiie attack 
and, in short, the general reorganization of the Brigade. na])])ily this was ac- 
complished without much loss of time and without his relinf|uishing command 
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German Aviator Hans Meinrkh Marwere, Etats Meaessinger Unter Officer, Who 
RRofcHT Down Bau.oon Shown on Oi'piisite Page, anu Who in Turn Was Brought 
Down a I'"ew Minutes Later nv Anti-Airiraft Guns. 

The Wreck of Aviator Marwere's Aeroplane 

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The Village of Nantillois Under Shell Fire 

At 8:30 A. M., contact was gained with Colonel < )ury and, hy \irtue of 
seniority, command of the provisional hrigade automatically passed to the com- 
manding officer of the 314th Infantry. Both regiments had now started to push 
ahead, but the advancing troops were already beginning to get beyond the range 
of their light calibre supporting artillery, and the enemy was resisting with in- 
creasing vigor. At this juncture, the forward observation officer of the 147th 
Field Artillery reported to Colonel Knowles for instructions with regard to the 
placing of his batteries. The 147th h'ield Artillery, which had been designated 
as accompanying artillery for the front line regiments by Division order, was 
a light artillery regiment of 75's and at that time formed part of the 57th Artillery 
Brigade. This brigade, under the command of Brigadier General G. LeRoy 
Irwin, supported the advance of the 79th Division and was composed in the 
main of artillery units from the 32nd Division. 

The artillery officer was directed by Colonel Knowles to place one battery 
of his 75's near the road-fork, 2j.^ kilometers south of Montfaucon, and two 
batteries immediately north of Malancourt, for the purpose of supporting the 
advance by fire on Cuisy and a large patch of woods, the Bois de Tuilerie, due 
east of Montfaucon. Preparations were made by the artillery to carry out these 
instructions, but the movement was greatly hampered by the deplorable condi- 
tions existing on the road over which the artillery had to pass. 

From the outset, on the morning of September 26th, there had been but 
one road available for the use of both the 4th and 79th Divisions. This was 
the Esnes-Malancotirt-Montfaucon Road. At the beginning of the action, on the 
morning of the 26th, from the head of Death Vallev near Esnes to the outskirts 

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of Malancourt. there was notliiiitj but a shcll-pocked waste of earth and stone. 
the original road having been blotted out of existence by the explosion of thou- 
sands of French and tiernian shells during the tighting about Verdun in 1916. 
During the first day of the American drive, the Engineers had worked wonders, 
but man could not achieve the impossible, and a single day was not sufficient 
to build a road capable of satisfying the transjjortation needs of two entire 

Uniler these circumstances, the morning of the 27th found the Esnes- 
Malancouri-Mont faucon Road buried under a hopeless jam of ambulances, 
artillery, supply trucks, and vehicles of all descri])tions. The forward move- 
ment of artillery became well-nigh impossible, and, as the day wore on, the 
advancing troops were forced to rely more and more on the momentum of their 
own attack. 


During the afternoon of the 26th, word had come to Reginu-nial Head- 
quarters that a number of French tanks were to be assigned to the 315th In- 
fantry as soon as it became possible to bring them u]). These tanks hnallv 
arrived on the morning of the 27th, and comprised ten light tanks, of liu- Renault 
type, and two heavy tanks, each of the latter armed with a 7.5-mm. gim. .\t 11 
o'clock. Colonel Knowles directed the tank commander to move his tanks to the 
edge of a small woods a kilometer southwest of Cuisy and there await orders 
for a farther ad\ance. At this time. Regimental 1'. C. was estalilished east of 
the Malancourt-Moiit faucon Road just north of Malancourt. 



The C.\kc.\sses of Horses Killed by Shell Fire .Alont. thk Roadside 
Just South of X.\ntillois 


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A Lari;e Tank VVrecked in the Attack on Madeleine Farm. Graves 
OF Crew Shown in the Foreground 

A French Renault Tank Wrecked in the Attack on Madeleine Farm. The Tank is 
Resting Directly on Tor of a German Machine Gun Nest, Which it Succeeded 
in Destroying. 

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Meanwhile, the Division front liad been pushed well forward. By eleven 
o'clock, the leading element.^ of the 313th Infantry were filtering through the 
Ijattered ruins of Montfaucon, and the 314th Infantry had gained the southern 
edge of the Bois de Tuilerie. Here, however, the latter regiment was halted 
by heavy sniping and machine gun tire. As the First and Third Battalions of 
the 315th Infantry closed up on the line of the regiment ahead, they were ordered 
by Colonel (Jury to hold their positions and await further orders. The front 
line of the 315th Infantry then ran east and west across the Malancourt-Mont- 
faucon Road, less than half a kilometer south of Fayel Farm, with the Third 
Battalion lying east of the road, the First Battalion west of the road, and the 
Second Battalion halted in rear of the Third. 

During the afternoon of the 27th, the 315th Infantry held itself in readiness, 
close up l)ehind the leading regiment, awaiting orders to move, while the trooj)S 
ahead slowly worked their way through the Bois de Tuilerie and the valley 
to the east. Finally at 7:00 P. AI., the order directing the forward movement 
arrived, and, preceded by the light tanks, the Regiment advanced toward its 
next objective — Xantillois. 

Division orders provided that as soon as the 314l!i Infantry had taken 
Nantillois, the 315th lnf;uUry would pass through and relieve it in the front 
line, tiie 314th falling back in support. 

It had been hoped that Nantillois would be taken before dark, but the strong 
resistance encountered by the front line troops during the day had so delayed 
the advance that the occupation of the town before night set in became impossible. 
Nevertheless, the troops drove ahead long after darkness fell, and by ten 
o'clock that evening the Regimental front line had been carried to a point 
nearly a kilometer beyond the Montfaucon-Septsarges Road. .\t that time, word 
was sent to the troops to dig in. This was done by the front line battalions, 
the First and Third, on the line just mentioned, while the Second Battalion took 
up position 200 meters in rear of the front line battalions. Regimental Head- 
(juarters was established in the Bois de Tuilerie, east of Montfaucon. 

The advance of September 27th had cost the Regiment the loss of 9 men 
killed and of 4 officers and 76 men wounded, the majority of these casualties 
having been sustained bv the First Battalion during the earlv hours of the 

Between 10 P. AI. and midnight, the enemy let down a heavy harassing 
artillery fire on the small plateau lying northwest of Septsarges. This fire fell 
in the area occupied by the right half of the Regimental front line and caused 
the Third Battalion to change its i)osition to a system of trenches just north of 
the Septsarges-Montfaucon road. 

.\t one o'clock on the morning of .'September 2.'~!th. the Regiment received 
word from Brigade Headquarters that the 4th Division, on the right, had estab- 
lished its left flank just one kilometer east of Nantillois. With this word, also, 
came the order that the attack would be resumed on the morning of the 28th, 
following the termination of the artillery preparation at 6:15 .\. M., and that 
the 315th Infantry would relieve the 314th Infantry on the front line. This 
relief was effected during the night, and the Regiment, waril\- on the alert, made 
ready to close with the enemy. 

The ad\ance of the d;iy before had ])ushed the front line far beyond the 
range of its supporting artillery, with the exception of the few batteries which 

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Forward Slope of "Suicide Hill.'' Bois des Ogons in the BACKCROUt 


Reverse Slope of "Suicide Hill" Showing Fox Holes Dug by Men of the 315th Infantry 

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The AIadf.i.kixe Farm as Seen From the GRorxD Which Marked the High 
Water Mark of the 31-')TH Infantry Advance 

had reported to Colonel Kiiowles. and the artillery pre]iaration on the morning 
of the 28th was jjitifully weak — so weak, in tact, that the advance of the front line 
battalions was delayed until 7:30 A. M., in the l)elicf that the i)rei)aralory barrage 
had not yet started. 

l-"inally. howe\er, as the irregular, intermittent fire of the ,'irtillcry grew 
fainter and fainter, and it became evident that the infantry must "go it alone," 
the troops mo\ed forward. The Regiment maintained the same formation as 
on the two jjreceding days, namely, the First and Third Battalions on the line 
and the Second Battalion in support, following the center of the attacking bat- 
talions. Company "E" and one platoon of the machine gun company attached 
to the Second Battalion were detailed as a combat liaison group on the right 
flank to keep contact with the 4th Division. The advance of both leading bat- 
talions was to be directed against Nantillois, the First Battalion enveloping the 
town from the west and south, and the Third Battalion attacking directly from 
the south. Such artillery as was still available was to fire on the Bois de Beuge, 
southwest of Xantillois, and on the town itself. 


For the lirst few hundred meters the front line companies, "L" Company 
on the right and "D" Company on the left, advanced with little or no opposition, 
but as the first troops reached the crest of the ridge south of Nantillois, a terrific 
barrage was laid down by the German batteries on the slope leading down into 
Nantillois and on the ridge itself. Meanwhile, snipers and machine gunners in 
the Bois de Beuge and the Bois de Septsarges raked the ground lying south of 
the village and poured a withering fire into the advancing waves from the flanks. 

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EvACfATiNG American WnuNHEn Xear Nantii.i.ois on the Nantii.i.dis-.Montfaucon Road 

Despite the overwhelniiiig cnciii)- lire, the hue struggled desperately ahead, 
and hy 1 1 o'clock the leading battalions had forced their way into Nantillois, the 
Third Battalion ha\ing captured a ("lernian battery of six 77-mm. guns at the 
outskirts of the village on tlic Nantillois- IlrieuUes Road. Nantillois had been 
taken, but at a hea\y cost. The fmm line companies had each lost a third of 
their men killed or wounded, anti the other companies of the advanced battalions 
had sttstained losses almost as heavy. 

The "mopping up" of the town was accomplished under heavy shelling of 
high explosives and gas. and the advance again taken up. The front line was 
l)ushed ahead to Hill 274, about one kilometer north of Nantillois, where the 
leading battalions halted and reorganized their tattered ranks. I^'ive hundred 
meters beyond the crest of Hill 274 rose the grim outline of the Bois des 
Ogons, and behind the western edge of this natund bulwark lay the Madeleine 
Farm. This woods and farm had been organized as one of the outlving strong 
points of the Krienihildc .^tcllung line, the last of the great German defensive 

By 4:00 V. M.. the P'irsl ;ui(l Tliird ISallalions had been reformed. I'he Iniie 
battery which now remained to the Regiment as its sole supporting arlillerv was 
directed to fire on the Bois des Ogons and the Madeleine Farm until 4:30 P. M. 
At that hdur, the tanks, which during tlu' morning had followed behind the at- 
tacking wave, were brought up, and the Regim?nt launched itself .against the 
woods ahead. The advance had barely gotten under way when a deluge of 
bullets from machine gun emplacements in the Bois des Ogons struck the advanc- 
ing line, and, at the same time. German batteries massed in the woods behind 
the Madeleine Farm opened up. .\ few minutes later, heavy calibre guns on 
the heights east of the Meuse joined in the .action and enfiladed the entire south- 
ern edge of the woods with a storm of high ex])losive shells. The two heavy 
tanks were put out of action by direct hits almost before they had started. Two 
of the smaller tanks met a similar fate at the hands of the German one-pounders 
grouped in the neighborhood of the Madeleine Farm. 


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American Cemetery Just South of Xantillois, Where Many of the 
315th Infantry Dead Were Buried 


A German Cemetery Near Nantillois 

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In defiance of the storm hiirstiiii,' around them, tlic troo])s, jjreceded bv the 
remaining tanks, ])liuiged forward and linally ])enetr;ited t!ie southern edge of 
the Bois des (Jgons. No sooner had they entered the hushes at tlie outskirts of 
the wood-hne, however, than the ( ierman machine guns, esciiekjned along the 
entire front, o]X'ned up a murderous lire and let loose a criss-cross hail of Hying 
steel in front of the ad\ancing lines. The combined tire of the enrm\- artillery 
and machine guns was too powerful to overcome unaided, and the troops with- 
drew to the crest of Hill 274 to await the coming of reinforcements. 

]!y this time the Second P.attalion had arrived on the hill, .and the artillery 
was again directed to pound the liois des ( )gons in an eflorl to thin out the 
machine guns lying within its de])ths. .\t the same time, the one-pounders of 
the Headquarters Company, which up to this tiiue h;ul accompanied the Third 
Battalion, were ordered to direct their fire against what appeared to he a specially 
l)repared strong-point at the southeastern edge of the woods. The artillery prep- 
aration on the woods ahead was so light as to he almost negligil)le, but at 6:00 
P. M.. without waiting for further su])])ort, the infantry made a second attempt 
to contiuer the ( ierman stronghold. 

The second attack proved onl\- to be a re])etition of the first, and for the 
second time the battalions withdrew to Hill 274, where they were reorganized 
and ordered to dig in for the night. By this time. Regimental Headquarters had 
been moved up to the (ierman dugouts 600 meters south of Nanlillois. 

During the night, the Regiment clung doggedly to the southern slojie of 
Hill 274, while the German guns ahead and on the flanks rained on it a continuous 
stream of shells, which, with the ])assing hours, took their loll of dead and 
wounded. It was during this night that I lill 274 came to be called ".Suicide Hill" 
by the men of the 315th Infantry. The advance of the day had been costly. 
First Lieutenant .Seth C. Hetherington, of "D" Company, was killed instantly 
by a high explosive shell in the attack of Nantillois, while First Lieutenant .\lfred 
L. Quintard. of "A" Company, was mortally wounded .at almost the same time. 
In the attack on the Bois des ( )gons. First Lieutenant (ieorge N. Althouse. lead- 
ing the first platoon of "H" Company, received a wound from a (ierman machine 
gun bullet which later resulted in his death at the evacuation hospital. When 
the last hour of .Sej)tember 2Sth had been rounded out, the losses of the day 
showed a total of 3 officers and 74 men killed, and 12 officers and 319 men 
wounded. A total of 23 (jerman jirisoners had been ca|)tured in Nantillois and 
in the subsequent attacks on the woods to the north. With them had been 
taken 5 machine guns. 

Shortly after midnight orders arrived at Regimental 1 lead(|uarters from 
Division, directing another attack on the following morning. These orders 
contained the information that the 4th Division, on the right, hacl advanced 
its front line one kilometer beyond that of the 7ytii Division, thus alTording 
security for the right flank of the 3L5th Infantry in its attack on the Bois des 
Ogons. The Division was requested to |)ro\idi' .artillery su])iiort for the attack, 
but word came back that little assistance could be rendered and that the 315th 
Infantry would have to depend on its own sui)])orting artillery. By that lime 
the artillery supporting the Regiment was all but inc.qi.ible of action. 

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At 7 o'clock on the iiKirning of September 29th, the three battalions of the 
315th Infantry moved forward in their third attack upon the Bois des Ogons and 
the Madeleine Farm. WMth them went the four remaining tanks. That final 
attack will ever remain a bright jjage in the annals of the Regiment. Going 
forward to almost certain death, there was not one among the advancing ranks 
who faltered in face of the task set before him. Hxhausled by lack of food and 
water, and strained almost to the breaking point by three days of continuous 
fighting, the troops gathered themselves together and with a cheer rushed upon 
the woods ahead. For the third time they gained the edge of the Bois des Ogons, 
and for the third time machine guns deep in the woods. sup()orted bv increased 
artillery farther back, let lose their annihilating fire, while shells from the heavy 
German guns east of the Meuse churned up the entire southern edge of the 
wood-line. It was discovered at this juncture that the reported position of the 
4th Division's front line was entirely incorrect, and the right flank of the Regi- 
ment was exposed to a withering fire from the Bois de Septsarges. The hail of 
steel was too much for infantry to overcome alone, and, with its dead lying thick 
in the underbrush and bushes before the Madeleine Farm and along the southern 
edge of the Bois des CJgons, the 315th Infantry withdrew to its position of the 
night before, to await the coming of the artillery. B.ut the artillery never came, 
and in the late afternoon the tierman guns along the Kriemhilde Stellung line to 
the north and on the heights to the east turned the full fury <}f their storm on 
Hill 274, and the troops sullenly withdrew to the road s<julh of the hill. ( )n 
the fields between the road and the southern edge of the Bois de Ogons extended 
a sea of fresh shell holes, and in their midst lay the wrecked rt-mains of eight 
P'rench tanks. 

On the trail leading from Xantillois to the Bois des Ogons. Comjjany "E" 
still remained, functioning as a combat liaison group with the 4th Division, the 
front line of which was likewise lu-ld imnio\able before the furliidding positions 

The attack of the 29th of ."September had taken a heavy toll in dead and 
wounded. In the final assault on the Madeleine l-"arm. First Lieutenant William 
A. Sheehan was killed by a machine gun bullet while leading his men through 
the Bois des Ogons. First Lieutenant Edgar J. Eyler and Second Lieutenant 
Herman D. Partsch were both mortally wounded in the same attack. Late in 
the afternoon. Captain Joseph (i. Duncan. Jr., and First Lieutenant Benjamin 
Bullock, 3d, were killed instantly by a vagrant German '77 shell on the roadway 
just north of Nantillois. At the same time. Second Lieutenant James F. Delaney 
received wounds which later resulted in his death. In all. the regiment lost 6 
officers and 69 men killed, and 9 officers and 238 men wounded. During the 
fighting in and about the Madeleine Farm, 19 prisoners and 26 machine guns 
wore taken. 

I'arly on the morning of Scjitember 30th. the 314th Infantry, under orders 
tnmi Brigade, took over the front line and consolidated the jjositions along the 
roadside south of Hill 274. while the 315th Infantry established itself as the 
support regiment on a line running east and west through the southern edge of 
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Montfaucon-Nantillois road, and the Third Battalion took up its position west 
of the road. 

Here the troops receive<I from the Supply Company, which had held its 
position in and about Nantillois under heavy shell fire for two days, their first 
meal since the beginning of the action. To the Supply Company of the 315th 
Infantry must be given everlasting credit for the way in which ammunition, food 
and water were forwarded to the men of the Regiment, despite almost insur- 
mountable obstacles. In the face of enemy gas and shells, officers and men of 
the company toiled day and night over roads hopelessly choked with the traffic 
of two divisions, and to them belongs no small share of the success attained by 
the Regiment as a whole. 

Credit must also be given to the officers and men of the Medical Corps who 
were attached to the 315th Infantry during the opening days of the Meuse- 
Argonne offensive. Without necessary supplies and equipment, oftentimes with- 
out amljulances, they nevertheless did a monumental work in the care and e\'acu- 
ation of the wounded. Much of their work was done under the direct fire of 
German snipers, machine gunners and artillery, but regardless of this they stuck 
to their tasks until the last of the wounded had been transported from their ad- 
vanced dressing stations to the hospitals in the rear. Their unflinching (le\otion 
to duty and utter disregard of personal danger afforded an inspiring example 
to the entire Regiment. 



It vv^as wliile h'ing grimly on their lines around Nantillois that the men of 
the 79th Division, worn to the point of exhaustion by five days and four nights 
of the bitterest fighting troops have ever been called upon to endure, were relieved 
by the 3rd Division. At the same time, also, the 37th Division, which, with the 
79th, had been given the task of smashing the center of the German line in the 
American sector, was relieved by fresh troops from the 32nd Division. 

At one o'clock in the afternoon of September 30th, the first units of the 
315th Infantry were relie\ed on the support line by the 4th Infantry of the 3rd 
Division. An hour later, the shell-torn and shell-raked fields along the road 
leading back to Montfaucon were covered with thin columns of exhausted men 
stumbling along on their way to the rear. That night the Regiment bivouacked 
just north of Malancourt, where the men, too tired to move, too tired to eat, too 
tired to care about anything in the whole world, lay on the open hillside and 

During- tlTe ]jeriod from September 13th to September 30th, these green 
troops in their first big fight had made for themselves a record of which the 
most seasoned veterans might well be proud. The 315th Infantrv, going into 
action for the first time, had battered its way through three of the great German 
defensive lines, and had badly shaken the fourth. It had driven through German 
territory to a depth of ten kilometers, and in so doing had lost nearly 30 per cent, of 
its strength as casualties. In all, it had lost 188 officers and men killed. 11 missing, 
3 captured and 740 wounded. It had captured, or assisted in the capture, of four 
villages, and had taken a total of 103 prisoners from four dift'erent German divi- 
sions. These divisions were the XVth, XXXVIIth, Vth Bavarian, and CXVIIth 
Landsturni. In addition, the Regiment had captured six 77-mm. field pieces (and 

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The Chate.m- at Thillumhois ( Reci mental P. C. ix Trovon Sector) 

assisted in the cajHiire of four others), 3S machine g^uns. 1 minenwerfer. 2.000 
hand g'renades. and thousands of rounds of small arms ammunition. 

On the morning of the day following the relief of the Division, the units of 
the Regiment marched to the original positions held bv them on Septemhcr 2.^th. 
and two davs later. October 3nl. were assemliled in Kormandv Woods. 


At 9:00 P. M. on the evening of ( )ctober .kd, the 315th Infantry again got 
in motion, and then began two days and two nights of the most gruelling march- 
ing. The 79th Division was being hurried over to relie\e the 26th Division in 
the Troyon Sector, east of the Meuse. The men were ]nished to the limit of 
their endurance, for fresh troops were being f^ung daily into the maelstrom on 
the American Front, and the roads Ijchinrl the line had to be kept clear at all 

The first night's march ended at three o'clock on the morning of October 4th, 
in the Foret de Souilly, one kilometer east of Senoncourt, the Regiment having 
jx'issed through the towns of Dombasle, Rampont, Lenimes, and Senoncourt. 
By the evening of the following day, the troops had passed through Souilly and 
reached Kecourl, and, on the evening of October 5th, had finally established them- 
selves in villages along the w-estern bank of the Meuse, behind the Troyon Sector. 
The various units were billeted as follows : Headquarters Company and Ma- 
chine (iun Company at Lahavmeix, First Battalion at Bois Marcaulieu, Second 
Battalion at Cam]) Gibraltar, Com])anies "I" and "M" of the Third Battalion at 
P. C. Pierre, '"K" Company at Dompcevrin. "T." Company at Les Paroches, 
Sitpply Company at Camp Gibraltar. .\t this time, the exposure and exhaustion, 


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The Village of Thillot and the Plain of the Woevre 




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Occupied by Company "L," 315th Infantry, 
Support Line on the Troyon Front 



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sustained during the dri\e and the march lo llie new area, made itself teU in an 
aftermath of sickness, which daily necessitated the evacuation of a large number 
of men to the hospital. During the first two weeks of October, several com- 
panies lost as high as fifteen percent of their total strength from sickness. 

On the night of October 10th, tlie l'"irst Battalion and Headquarters Company 
moved to Thillombois, while the Third Battalion was assembled at Boquemont. 
On the night of the 11th. "I." Company, of the Third Battalion, and the Machine 
(jun Coiupany took up jjosition in Woimbey. and the .Sujjjily Comjiany moved 
to Boquemont. The Regiment maintained tiie dispositions as they then existed 
until the 15th of October, when "C" C(inip;in\- mo\-ed to Lavigneville to lalior on 
;in .immunition dump. 


On October 12th. Colonel Knowles was ])laced in command of the l.^Sth 
Infantry Brigade, which then included its original units, the ,?15th and 316th 
Regiments of Infantry. Command of the Regiment was ])laced in the hands 
of Major Lloyd, commanding officer of the Third Battalion. 

During the afternoon of October 15th, word was received that the Divisional 
sector had been widened, and that one battalion of the 315th Infantry was to 
take over half of the front then occupied by the Second French Cavalry Division, 
which held the line on the right of the 79th. .\t this time, the Divisional sector 
was di\ided into two parts, the 157th P)rigadc holding the left half (sub-sector 
Connecticut) and the 158th Brigade the right half (sub-sector Massachusetts). 
In the 158th Brigade sub-sector, the 316th Infantry had been holding the front 
lines since October 10th, during which time the 315th Infantry had occupied the 
reserve position on the west bank of the Meusc. 

The task of taking over the new front assigned to the l)i\isioii fell to 
the Third Battalion, to which Captain Lucius A. Miller. 315lli Inf.mlry. had 
been temporarily attached as commanding officer. At 11 o'clock on the morn- 
ing of October 17th. the Third Pjattalion set out on its second trip to the lines. 
The four companies crossed the Meuse at Woimbey and proceeded through the 
towns of Lacroix, Seuzy and Dompierre to the Bois de Raquatet, wdiere they 
bivouacked for the night. At 7:00 A. M. on the morning of October 18th. the 
Third Battalion relieved the 13th French Curassiers a I'ieds on the main line 
of resistance in the Thillot sub-sector, which com])rised the range of hills over- 
looking the plain of the Woevre between the villages of Thillot and St. Maurice. 
To cover the sector assigned to it. the Third Battalion was disposed with all 
four companies on the line of resistance. "I" Company on the left held the 
heights above Thillot: on the right of "1" Company, "K" and "L" Com])anies 
in succession held the hill-crests: on the extreme right, "M" Com]jan\- was 
posted, with its line just west of the village of St. Maurice, jiarlly on the bills 
and partly in the valley. 

The ground held bv the 313th infantry in the 'Troyon ."-Sector had been 
wrested from the Germans but little over a month before in the St. Mihiel offen- 
sive. Already, however, the sector had been stabilized, and at that time pre- 
sented one of the most picturesque fronts on the .\Ilied line. Perched high on 
the precipitous bluffs buttressing the right bank of the Meuse. the .American 
line overlooked the broad, flat plain of the Woevre, which stretched as far as 


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the eye could rerich to a distant line of hills marking;; the main ( Icrnian line of 
defense. Thirty kilometers east of those hills lay Metz and its immense fortifi- 
cations. Far out on the \\'oe\ re, a good h\e kilometers from the protecting hills 
hehind. the front line ran in and out between the tiny villages dotting the plain. 
\\'ithin the .Mlied lines lay the villages of I""resnes-en-\\'oe\Te, Champion. Saulx- 
en-\\'oevre, W'adonville. Doncourt-aux-Templiers, Avillers, and Woel ; within 
the Cierman lines, St. Hilaire, Butgneville, Marville, and Moulette. 

By day. the low-lying expanse of the Woevre lay in solemn stilln-ss, no life 
or movement visible on its broad surface, but at night came a miraculous change. 
The hills to the east became lit with the H;ish o\ .\ustrian guns, star shells rose 
and threw their weird light ci\er the plain below, while oxerhead the ( lerman 
planes droned ceaselessly throughout the night. These were the surroundings 
under which the Third Battalion held the line fn)m October ISth until the morn- 
ing of October 25th. 

During that period e\erylhing reniiuned quiet except for a threatened enemy 
raid on the night of October 2!st. To meet this, the First Battalion, Head- 
quarters Company and Machine Cun Company were ordered to take the alert 
position at 7 .00 P. AI. along the Troyon-Lacroi.x Road below Troyon, while the 
Second Battalion took position in Woinibey. The Third Battalion on the line 
of resistance was ordered to "stand-to" all night in its trenches. The raid failed 
to materialize, and the units were returned to their former positions the follow- 
ing morning. 

< )n the morning of ( )ctober 23rd, the various units of tlie Regiment, with 
the exception of the Third Battalion and "C" Company, assembled at I'hillombois, 
and from there marched to the vicinity of Recourt. The First Battalion estab- 
lished its headquarters at I'ontoux Farm, while the Second Battalion, Head- 
quarters Comjjany. Machine Gun ComiKui)-, and ."Supply Company camped for 
the night in the woods one kilometer south of Recourt. ( )n the morning of the 
24th, Headquarters Company, Machine Ciun Company anil .Supply Company 
mo\ed to Camp Tamaris. one kilometer northwest of Recourt. 

During the afternoon of (October 24th. news was received at Regimental 
Headquarters that the 33rd Division was to relieve the 79th in the Troyon 
Sector. The news could mean but one thing — the Cani]) Meade troops were 
again to take the olTensive on an active front. The advance guard of the 33rd 
Division reached the Troyon Sector on the evening of October 24th. On the 
morning of the 2.5th. the four companies of the 315th Infantry were relieved 
in the Thillot sub-sector by the lirsl battalion of the 131sl Infantry. The relief 
was eti'ected at 7:00 A. M.. and by one o'clock that afternoon the Third Battalion 
had reached the outskirts of Troyon on its way to rejoin the Regiment. Here it 
was joined bv "C" Company, and the five companies were billeted in and about 
that town over night. 

The following morning, October 26lh, the Third ISatlalion marched from 
Troyon to Camp Montbairons, two kilometers northwest of Recourt. arriving 
there at one o'clock in the afternoon. "C" Comj^any joined the First Battalion 
at Pontoux Farm. At noon. Colonel Knowles assumed command of the Regi- 
ment. Colonel George Williams. 316th Infantry, having taken command of the 
158th Brigade. During the day, 439 re])lacements were assigned to the Regiment 
to help fill up the depleted ranks. These men were assigned to the several com- 
panies in proportion to their strength. It was expected that a stop of several 


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A TviiLAL lutxcu Scene North of Vekdux. iI'th Divismx P. C. at Vacherauville 

days would lie made at Recourt, and i)!ans were laid accordingly. But in war 
the best-laid plans "gang aft a'glee," and by 6:00 P. M. the Regiment was again 
on the move, headed for the front. 



.\11 that night the Regiment marched northward, and morning found it dis- 
Iriljuted in the woodlands about the town of Fromereville. The dispositions 
were as follows : — First Battalion, in the woods two kilometers northeast of 
Fromereville ; Second Battalion, in the Bois de Bourrus ; Third Battalion, in the 
woods two kilometers northwest of Fromereville; Headquarters Company, Ma- 
chine Gun Company and Supjdy Company at Choisel. It was during the march 
to Fromereville that the Third Battalion established what will probably stand 
for all time as the regimental record for long-distance marching. Starting from 
Troyon at 7:00 A. M., October 26th, it had marched six hours and arrived at 
Camp Monthairons at 1 :00 P. M. At 6:00 P. M., after a rest of but five hours. 
it had gotten under way again and marched continuously until 7:00 A. Af. on 
the morning of the 27th. .\t that hour, it had marched, with full field eciuip- 
ment. nineteen hours out of the ])ast twenty-four, and had covered, in all. 40 

At S :00 P. M. on C)ctober 2Sth, the Regiment marched from the vicinity 
of Fromereville, through Germonville, Chattancourt and Cumieres, to the desolate 
Bois de Forges, on the west bank of the Meuse, one kilometer northwest of the 
crumbling heap of ruins that remained as the sole evidence of the town of 
Forges. Here the Regiment remained for the night. 

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On the morning of October 29th, the coiiimanding officers of the First, 
Second and Third Battahons, Headquarters Conii)any. Machine (iun Company 
and Supply Comi)any crossed to the east hank of the Meuse near Brabant, 
and thence proceeded on a reconnaissance of the new sector about to lie taken 
over bv the 315th Infantry. 



At ibis time, the First American Army was engaged in a powerful oft'ensive 
against the German positions east of tiie Meuse, in conjunction with its drive 
farther west. In the sector lying north and northeast of Verdun, the ofi'ensive 
was being carried on by the 17th I'rench .Army Corps, under the direction of the 
First .American Army. Here the enemy bad a maze of powerfully intrenched 
lines, partly survi\ing from the jjeriod of intense lighting known as the Battle 
of A'erdun, in 1916, and partly of more recent construction, but amounting in 
effect to a close weaving together of all the defensive zones which, farther west- 
ward, were spread at wider intervals across the country. Directly north of 
Verdun and east of Consenvoye these defensive zones appeared to have con- 
sisted of at least si.x main lines within a dci)th of ten kilometers, the front line 
being called the Brabanter Stellung, which bad behind it successively, the liagen 
Stellung, The Volker Stellung, the Etzel Stellung, the disellier Stclbmg ( unfm- 
isbed), and the Kricmbilde Stellung. 

i\ \ii KiiAD <irx \\ mill llAi KKii L r Till'; .\i>\anii m :in: 
T9th Division East of the Meuse 


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Shells Fiklu 1!V Gun Shown cin Pkeceuing Page 


German Prtsoners Captured by the iHth Division East of the Meuse 
Getting Their First Meal in Captivity 

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A 1o5mm. Howitzer of Batteky B. IOGth F. A., Om. m ini. Auiiij-i.k\ L'nii.> \\'iiu,u 
Supported the Advance of the 31")TH Infantry ix the Gran'de Montagne Sector 

ICarly in ( )clol)cr. the 3onl. 2()th and 2'y'lli l'. S. l)i\ isioiis ha\c l)ccn placed 
under General Claiulel, commanding ofllccr of llu- 17th French Army Corps. On 
( )cl((her Sth, the 17th Corps he.ijan its offensiNC. and 1)\- ( icloher 25th had Iiroken 
through the first three of the ( iernian defensi\e lines. Din-ing that ])eriod. the 
29lh Division, in a series of furious attacks, had worked ahead through the 
Jjois Plat Chene, to positions in tlie Rois de l.i (irande .Montague and along the 
ridge in the Rois d'luraye north of Molle\ille l'"arni. It was this sector which 
the 79tli Division was ahout to t.nke over. 


The sector which was to l)e l.ikeii o\cr liy tlie .?15th Infantry was known 
as the suh-sector ( iray. and was held hy the I14th Infantry of the 29lh 
Di\-ision (The lUue and (iray Division). This regiment had suffered terrific 
losses in the liea\y lighting ahout Molle\ille I'arm. and at llu- time it was re- 
lieved many of its companies contained less than 50 men. 

M 5:00 ]'. M. on the evening of Octoher 29th, the Regiment moved out 
from the Bois de I*"orges to take its place again on the battle-line. In later 
days, the Regiment has always recalled with pride the fact that the 79th Division 
was one of the seven divisions that twice entered the line in the ]\Ieuse-.\rgonne 
Offensive. The crossing of the Meuse was made single file o\er a narrow foot 
bridge just south of Brabant. The way then led through Brabant, where the 
Supply Com])any established itself, on to the northeast over a narrow winding 
road, bordered on each side l)y numerous artillery emplacements. On the night 

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Front Line Held by the 315th Infantry in the Grande Montagne Sector 

A 31.JTU Infantry Front Line Battalion P. L. ix the i.rande Montagne Sector 

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The RriNS of Molleville Farm 


of the 29th, this road was choked with a moving; mass of Hght artillery, and. 
because of this congestion, it was nearly midnight before the troops reached 
the Bois dc Consenvoye and began the relief of the 114th Infantry. 

In making the relief, the First and Second Battalions took over the front 
line, while the Third Battalion took its position in snpjiort, at the southern edge 
of the Bois ile Consenvoye. In the advanced positions, the First Battalion 
occuj)ied the right of the Regimental sector, with Companies "C" and "D" in the 
front line, and Companies ".\" and "]'»" in support. The Second Battalion held 
the left of the regimental sector, with Companies "F" and "F" in the front line, 
and Companies "G" and "H" in sup[)ort. The Machine Gun Company supjjorted 
the First Battalion, and Compan\- "B" of the 312th Machine Gun Battalion. 
su]-)])orted the Second. Regimental I leadquarters was established on the Ktraye- 
Brabant Road, just west of Molleville Farm. llea(l(|uarters Company took up 
position in the vicinity of Regimental P. C. 

.\t this time, the First Battalion was commanded by Major Ward W. TiiTson 
and the Second Battalion by Major Samuel W. l-'leining, Jr., both of whom 
had recently been ])romoted from the rank of captain. The Third Battalion 
remained under the command of Major Francis \'. Lloyd. 

The Molleville Farm Sector was supposed to be in the process of stabiliza- 
tion, but. for all that, the German batteries continued to rain high explosive 
shelN on the entire Regimental area, and the enemy machine guns rattled unceas- 
inglv in the woods and underl)rush along the front lines. I'ndcr the Boche 
strat'ting the casualty list lengthened day by day. 

During the period between October 29th and November 3rd. the Regiment 
griml\- consolidated its positions under the flood of enem\- fire, while 

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its patrols felt luit the >lrcnsjth of the ( ieniian ])ositioiis ahead. At this 
time, the Divisional front was held 1>\ all four infantry regiments on the line. 
< )n the left was the 316th Infantry, on the right of that the v?15th Infantry, 
and then the 314th and 313th Infantry in order. Tlie 26th I'. S. Division held 
the sector on the right, while on the left the 15th French Colonial Division 
occupied the line. The 79th Di\ision was sui)])orted hy the 52nd Meld .\rtillery 
Brigade, under command of Brigadier-General (/eorge A. Wingate. This l)ri- 
gade was made uj) of artillery units from the 27th Di\ision. 

On October 30lh, Lieutenant Colonel Franklin T. Burt, formerly on duly 
at the IIead(|uarters of the Motor Transport Corps of the F'irst American Army, 
was assigned to the Regiment and reported for duty on the day following. (Jn 
the same date Brigadier Cleneral ICvan .\1. Johnson was assigned to and assumed 
command of the 15Sth Infantry Brigade. 

During tlie night of November 2nd-3rd, the Second ilattalion was taken 
out of the front line, and the entire Regimental sector outposted hy the h'irst 
Battalion. In the new disposition, the front lines were held by Com])anies 
"B," "A" and "D" in order from left to right, with Com])any "C" in support 
behind the centre of the battalion. The Second Battalion took up ])osition on 
the line of resistance in the middle of the Bois de Consenvoye. 

Up to this time, the Third Battalion had acted as Regimental reserve and 
supplied ration and ammunition carrying details for the front line battalions. 
On the 2nd of .November, the Third Battalion became part of the Divisional 
reserve, but retained its ])osition at the southern edge of the Bois dc Consenvoye. 

f^n November 3rd, .\llied reconnaissance planes reported that the roads be- 
hind the enemy's line in front of the Divisional sector were covered with ( icrman 
troops and transjjort moving north. The contimu)Us battering by .\merican 
troops east and west of the Meuse was beginning to have its effect, and the 
German line was beginning to crack under the jiressure. \\ ith the evidence of 
enemy withdrawal at hand, orders were issued from Division during the night 
of the 3rd, directing an advance of the entire Regimental front line at 6:30 .\. M. 
the following morning. 

Till'". .\TT\CK ()!• NOXT'.MBRR 4TII 

Promptly at 6:30 A. M. on the morning of November 4th, following a pre- 
paratory machine gun barrage, the F'irst Batt;dion jiunped olT, with Company 
■"D" on the right, then in order to the left: Company "'.V," one platuon of Com- 
pany "B," su])ported by three jilatoons of C'om]«uiv ■'11." Company "C." and 
finally three ])latoons of Company "B" on the extreme left. ( )wing to the great 
number of machine gun nests, reported by patrols in the woods ahead, the ad- 
vance was begun bv the infdtration of small groups advancing from shell- 
hole to shell-hcile. 

For the lirst few minutes all went well, but no sooner had the enemy learned 
the extent and character of the movement than an avalanclie of machine gun 
bullets, rifle grenades and trench-mortar shells struck the ranks of the advancing 
troops. In vain the 315th Machine Gun Company and the Stokes ]Mortar platoon 
of the Head([uartcrs Company, which were supijorling the advance. atteni])tcd 
to quell the enemy storm. Lying deep within the thick underbrush, concealed in 
shell-holes, massed on ligiiting-tops in towering trees, (ierman machine gunners 

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poured forth their deadly fire, while under the direction of a low flying aero- 
plane, German batteries hidden in ravines and gullies to the east enfiladed the 
American line witli a hail of high explosive shells. Further progress was im- 
possible without ruinous losses. The attack had cost the Regiment a total of 
96 casualties. 36 men killed and 6() men and officers wounded. The losses had 
been particularly hea\y on the flanks. Company "B" having lost all its officers 

During the night of November 4th-5th. the Second Battalion moved up 
from the support position and relieved the badly battered First Battalion on the 
line. The First Battalion look position in reserve, while the Third Battalion 
moved up to the position in support vacated by the Second Battalion. 

At 3 :30 A. M. on the morning of November 5th, "K" Company was at- 
tached to the 316th Infantry. In front of the latter regiment rose l!ie heights of 
the Borne-du-Cornouiller (Hill 378), the westernmost spur of the Grande Mon- 
tague. This eminence commanded all the country to the west and was des- 
perately held by the enemy to cover their line of retreat. On the two preceding 
days, November 3d and 4th, the 316th Infantry had flung its lines again and 
again against this stronghold, only to be beaten back each time with staggering 
losses. Now, spent and broken, the 316th Infantry was to be re-enforced by 
"K" Company, of the 315th Infantry, and the fight for Hill 378 continued. 

.Vt 8 o'clock on the morning of the 5th, "K" Company, of the 315th Infantry, 
together with the remnants of the Third Battalion. 316th Infantry, composed in the 
main of men from "L" Company, the combined forces under the command of 
Major Manning, 316th Infantry, launched a fresh assault against the Borne-du- 
Cornouiller. Fighting their way forward inch by inch, the advancing troops 
succeeded in pushing their lines within 50 yards of the crest of Hill 378. Here, 
however, the fury of the German defense mowed down the oncoming lines before 
further advance could be made. With nearly half their number, among them 
Major Manning, lying dead on its southern slopes, the troops withdrew to the 
base of Hill 37S and there dug in as best they could. It was this attack which 
cost the life of Second Lieutenant John T. Owen, of "K" Company, 315th In- 
fantry. Another day had passed, and still the Borne-du-Cornouiller remained 
untaken. Its capture was the greatest problem facing the Division, and, as the 
next step in solving it, a provisional regiment, composed of the Third Battalion, 
315th Infantry, and .Second Battalion, 313th Infantry, was formed under the com- 
mand of Lieutenant Colonel Ilaedicke, 316th Infantry. This regiment was ordered 
to renew the attack on Hill 37S on the morning of the 6th. 

Early the following morning, the morning of the 6th, the Third Battalion, 
315th Infantry, worked its way through the Bois Plat Chene to support the 
Second Battalion, 313th Infantry, in the attack on Hill 378. In the support 
battalion, "L" Company held the right flank, "M" Company the left, and "I" 
Company followed in rear of the two leading companies. Company "B." 312lh 
Machine Gun Battalion, su]i]X)rted the advance. The units of the advanced bat- 
talion, however, became more or less disorganized in the thick underbrush of 
the Bois Plat Chene, and the attack was postponed until the following morning, 
the troops at the base of Hill 37S being relieved by units of the 313th Infantry 
late in the afternoon. 

Meanwhile, in the sector of the 315th Infantry, the First Battalion took over 
the support position vacated by the Third Battalion, and on its relief from the 


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I'iRST Lieut. Nash, M. C, Caring for Wounded Men of the 31.5th Infantry 
IN THE First Aid Station Shown Above 

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Ambulances and Men of the TOth Division on Road Leading 
Down Into the Etkaye Vai.i.ey 

line "K" C(jni]ian\' niDvcd into tin- same ])()silion, ha\iii<,'' lieeii attaclieil lo the 
First P)attalion. Throusjliout llie day the sector was subjected ti) a heavy bom- 
bardment of j);as and high ex])losive shells. 

1 )urintj the afternoon of tlie 6th, the 2nd I'Vench Army Corps replaced the 
17th, and thereafter the Division operated under the orders of the first named 

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ILL 37ii 

Early on the iiujrning of \o\eniber 7lh, the artiller_\- began to ])ound the 
Borne-du-Cornouiller. .At 8:30 .\. M., in the dull gray mist of the morning, the 
Second Battalion, 313th Infantry, supported by the Third Raltalion. 315lh In- 
fantry, moved forward in the final attack on Mill 37X. During the night of 
Xovember 6tli-7th, command of the j^rovisional regiment had passed from Lieu- 
tenant Colonel llaedicke to Lieutenant Colonel Burt. 3l5th Infantry. The ad- 
vance was covered b\- a hea\v machine gun barrage, laid down by the 310th 
Machine Cun Battalion. Pushing forward, determined to beat down the Cicrman 
resistance once for all, the troops swejjt past the base of I lill ^7X. on up its slopes 
and finally over the crest. The stronghold which liad cost so many .\merican 
lives had at last been taken. 

With the Borne-du-Cornoiiiller at their backs, the men of the 313th and 
315th Infantries pushed ahead toward the hill crests lying still further to the 
north, and after an all day struggle finally broke through the Clairs Chenes- 



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Effect of Shell Fire in "Death Valley" Near the Molleville Farm 

trenches, near Sillon-Fontaine Farm, at 7 o'clock in the evening. That night 
the outpost line of the provisional regiment was held by "I" Company, 315th 
Infantry, the first company to break through the enemy defenses about the Sillon- 
Fontaine Farm. The line along the right flank, which had been greatly length- 
ened during the advance, was held by "L" Company, 315th Infantry, small de- 
tachments of the latter organization having been dropped oft in the Bois de la 
Grande Montague as the troops progressed. 


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Dead Americans Along Railroad Track in "Death Valley" 

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Nest in Cikaxdk Montagxe Sector 


^'E Gun 

During the ojjerations of llie Uivision in the ( tranilt- Monlngnc Sector, the 
divisions of the First American Army further west had broken through the 
Kriemhilde Stelhing line west of the Meuse and by November 7th had changed 
direction to the east, after having seized the heiglits on the east bank of tlie 
Meuse as far north as Dun. I'nder these circumstances the 79th Division, on 
the night of November 7th, was ordered to divert its offcnsixe on the morning 
of the Sth to a direction ahnost (hie east, with the idea of conquering tlie spurs 
of the ])hiteau running out into the W'oevrc Plain. 


During the night of No\ember 7th, the l'"irst Inittalion of the .il4th lnf;uitry 
relieved the Second Battalion, ,^15th Infantry, on the front line of sub-sector 
(irav, in order that the latter organization might move to the western edge of 
the Bois de la Grande Montagne, wlu-rt' it was to su])i)ort the ;id\ance of tiie 
First Battalion of the 313th Infantry. 

At different intervals throughout tin- morning and afternoon of Xovember 
8th, the various units of the 315th Inf.intry started to drive eastward. Little 
or no resistance was met, and by nightfall the front line of the Regiment had 
been pushed to the western edge of the valley of the Thinte River. At 7 P. M. 
that evening, thn Third Battalion had seized the heights just south of the town 
of Ecurey ; the Second Ijattalion had established itself on the slopes southeast 
of Reville ; while the First Battalion had taken up position on the hillside south- 
west of Etrave. During the dav the Regiment had mad? an average advance of 
three kilometers. 

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Dead of the 79th Division Ready for Burial Near Molleville Farm 

Burying i!ith Ijivision Ueaii at the Southern Edge di- ihi. Buis ut Lonsenvuve 

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' )n Xoveniher 9th. at (S A. M., the Re.ijinicntal P. C. was moved from ihc 
point west of Molle\ille Farm to a point just southwest of F.traye. alo.i'^ th.- 
Etraye-Brabaiit Roatl. ( )r(iers were at once issued for a further advance. The 
First Battalion, sujiported by the Second Rattalion, took position 200 meters 
north of Ftraye and at 9 o'clock ])ushe(l forward toward the elaborately fortified 
and rui,'^,^ed line of heights east of the Thinte Ri\er. These heights comprised 
the Cote du Chateau, Cote d' ( )rne, and the Cote de Morimont. They had been 
organized as part of the great Kriemhilde Stellung Line and represented the 
hist of the enemy's lines of defense. 

I h? advance of the First Battalion at once de\ eloped hea\y enemy resist- 
anc-e. mainly in the form of artillery tire. By 11 o'clock in tlic morning, the 
enemy barrage had liecome so intense that the troops could no longer make 
headway, and the two battalions dug in on the ground they then occu])ie<l. At 
that hour, the front line extend/d along the railroad just east of the 1 )am\illers- 
Azannes Road between \\'a\rille and the road-fork .500 meters soiUh of Dam- 
villers. It was during this enemy bombardment that Major I'ierson, ccjmmanil- 
ing officer of the First Battalion, was killed by the explosion of a 77mm. shell. 
( )n Major I'ierson's death. Captain Lucius .\. Miller. ,M.^th Infantry, was ])laced 
in command of the First Battalion. 

During the day, the Third Battalion swung to the right, side-stepped four 
kilometers, and took up ])osition as Brigade Reserve on the hill southwest 
of Ftraye. The First and Second Battalions clung to their positions under a 
continuous shell fire throughout the remainder of the dav and the night of 
NovemlKT 9th-10lh. 


THE ATIWCK ( )X C( )': 

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.\t 7 o'clock on the morning of Xo\ember lOtli, the advance was resinned, 
following an artillery preparation by the 105th Field .Artillery. With the First 
Battalion in the line, and the Second Battalion in support, the Regiment ])ressed 
the attack against the towering height of the Cole d' < )rne. Under a galling 
machine gun fire and artillery fire which combed the entire valley of the Thinte, 
the front lines battled their way across the stream and up to the lower slo])es of 
the Cote d' ( )rne. At this point, however, the lire became so hot that the troops 
were forced to drop back to the shelter of the east bank of the Thinte River. 
A second attempt was made to storm the hill an hour later. Imt this, too, was 
ri])ulsed liy the desperate resistance of the enemy who were lighting with their 
backs against the wall to save their last line of retreat. Xight fell with tlic I'irst 
and .Second Battalions holding their lines on the east bank of the Thinte. wliik- 
the Third Battalion had moved up in reserxe along the ilkrs-.\zainijs 
Road, near the roadfork 300 meters south of Damvillers. 

W ith the failure to take Cote d' ( )riie by direct assault. Colonel Knowles 
decidetl to reduce the position by an attack on the right flank and |jlans were 
drawn up accordingly. The machine gun comjiany of the 316th Infantry was 
withdrawn from the front line, having suffered severe losses, and its place was 
taken by the machine gun com|)any of the 315th Infantry. This move placed 
the 315th Infantry in its entirety on the front line. Early on the morning of 
Xovember 11th, while the mist still lay liea\y in the Thinte X'alley, the three 
battalions of the 315th Infantry (|uietly moved southward, proceeded through 


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This Picture, With the One on the Opposite Page, Gives a Panoramic View of the 
Ground Over Which the Front Line of the 315th Infantry Was Advancing at 11 
A. M., November 11, 1018. The Hii.i. in the Background is Cote d'Orne. 

the ruined town of (iibercy, and took up position on the western slope of Hill 
328. This change of jjosition withdrew all troops from the enemy's immediate 
front, but the gap was closed by the 316th Infantry in reserxe. The Regimental 
I'. C of the 315th Infantry was moved to a point on Hill 317, southeast of 

( )n Hill 328 the Regiment was disposed with the First Battalion on the 
front line, the Second Battalion in support and the Third Battalion in reserve. 
A heavy artillery and machine gun barrage was laid down on Cote d" Orne and 
Cote de Morimont, and at 8 o'clock Company "D," of the First Battalion, moved 
forward against the northwestern slope of the Cote de Morimont with orders 
to develop the enemy's position. A thick mist covered the hillsides, and the 
advance, which proceeded slowly, was imdetected by the Cjermans, who were appar- 
cnth' unaware of the flank movement during the night. Meanwhile, however, the 
enemy artillery, suspecting an attack from some quarter because of the Ameri- 
can artillery and machine gun preparation on Cote d' Orne and Cote de Morimont, 
let loose a terrific barrage on the northwest slope of Hill 328. Luckily this fell 
inostlv in the unoccupied area between the First and Second Battalions and caused 
little ilamage. 

1 'ushing ahead up the draw between Cote d' Orne and Cote de Mori- 
mont, the front line company overran a German field-]Mece on the roadside north 
of Gibercy. This field-piece, captured as it was a few minutes before the close 

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of hostilities, is prohalily the last hostile trophy of the war. It can now he seen 
in the City of l'hiia(iel])hia. a gift from the Regiment to the city that calls 
the 315th Infantry — "Its Own." With the German cannon .safely enveloped, 
the thin line of khaki-clad doughhoys moved warily ahead and had ])rogressed 
half way up the slope of Cote de Morimont when halted hy a message from 
the rear. It was 11 o'clock and with the hour came the .\rmistice. 


The coming of 11 A. M. marks an iinforgetable event in the memorv of 
those who stood on the front lines on November 11. 191S. In ])lace of cheering 
crowds, maddened with joy, excitement and hilarity, one saw a motley array 
of nnrecognizahle men arising from the mud, slime and lilth of the battle field, 
cautiously creeping from their shell holes and ditches, silently and wonderingly, 
without cheering or acclaim, but rather in the manner of men who had by some 
unlooked for act of Providence been delivered from inevitable death. The 
sudden cessation of the noise and turmoil of battle seemed to leave them stunned 
and uncertain, loath to belie\e in its realty, but wMth an exjjression of hope that 
it was not a dream from which they would soon be rudely awakened. The 
reaction from the lerrilile strain and nerve-racking ordeal was a])parenl ; the ten- 
dency to brt-ak down was e\ident. Nor is such a tendency to be wondered at in 
men gaunt and haggard w ith unbelievable hunger, thirst and exhaustion. 

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When the news of the armistice was received at Regimental I leadquarters, 
Colonel Knowles, who to use his own words "was struck numh with surprise 
and joy," at once dispatched runners in all directions to carry the news to the 
difYerent units of the Regiment, and these runners proved that they belonged 
on the list of true heroes. Knowing that in a few minutes the tiring would cease, 
not one hesitated in carrying out the important and dangerous mission to which 
he had liecn assigned. The courage which it took to traverse that shell-swept 
battlefield during the last remaining moments of the war was a courage born 
of brave men. 

With the armistice there came to the Regiment, as it watch fullv main- 
tained its ]iosition on the last American battle line, an opportunity to review 
the closing tlays of the Meuse-Argonne ofl'ensive. From the 29th of October, 
the date on which the Regiment had taken over the lines from the 29th 
Division in the (irande Montague sector, until the end of hostilities on November 
1 1th, the ,?15th Infantry had suffered the following casualties : 154 officers and men 
killed, 4 missing, 9 captured and M6 womided. It had ])ierced the eneniv 
lines to a de])th of 9^'j kilometers and in so doing had captured or 
assisted in the capture of three French villages, namely: Etraye, I\e\ille and 
Dannillers. In the sector opposite the RegimeiU there had been identified units of 
four different Ceriuan divisions, the CCXXVIIIth, CXCIlnd, XXth and 1st 
Landwehr Divisions. .Ml told, the 315th Infantry during this period had cap- 
tured 11 jjrisoners, most of whom came from the 245th, 192nd and 183rd Regi- 
ments of the ("XCIInd Division. In addition to the prisoners taken, the Regi- 
ment had ca])tured one 120mm. field piece, 15 machine guns, 2 trench mortars, 1 
luinenwerfer. 1 anti-tank gun, thousands of rounds of artillery and small arms 
ammunition of all calibres, and great stores of engineering materials. 

In the ])eriod between September Lith. the date of the first entrance into 
the lines, imtil November 11th, the 315th InfaiUry had been transformed from 
a group of green, inexjierienced men into a veteran lighting organization capable 
of upholding the best traditions of the .\merican Army. In this transformation 
its casualties had been 342 officers and men killed, 15 missing, 12 captured and 
1,076 wounded. It had made a total advance of 19^' kilometers against troops 
of eight ditierent German divisions: the XVth, XXth. XXXVIIth. CXCIlnd. 
CCXXVIIIth, 1st Landwehr, Vth Bavarian, and CXVIIth Landsturm. It had 
captured the villages of Nantillois and Etraye, and had assisted in the capture of 
Montfaucon, llaucourt, Malancourt, Damvillers and Reville. In addition, the 
Regiment had cajitured one 120mm. field piece, six 77mm. field pieces. 53 
machine guns, 2 trench mortars, 2 minenwerfers, 1 anti-tank gun, 20,000 
hand grenades, thousands of rounds of artillery and small anus aiumunition. 
and engineering material to the value of more than a million dollars. Such, in 
brief, were the tangible results of the operations of the 315th Infantry on the 
Western Front. 

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Men of the 31"ith Infantry Assembled at the Company Kitchens in Gibercy 




M MEDIATELY after the armistice had gone into effect, steps 
were taken to dispose the Regiment in such formation as 
to take up quickly either assault or approach formations in 
the event of an advance. The line of observation consisted 
of one company formed into cossack posts with active pa- 
trolling between these posts during the night, and in foggy 
weather, during tiie day. One company took up position 
in support and two companies position in reserve. The 
companies mentioned comprised the four companies of the 
First Battalion. The remainder of the Regiment was disposed in depth in rear 
of the First Battalion, with two companies of each battalion in the front line 
and two companies in the second line. The troops of the Regiment occupying the 
reserve positions were protected from hostile fire from the east by the natural 
cover of Hill 328. 

The dispositions outlined in the foregoing paragraph were completed be- 
fore noon on November 11th. Meanwhile the various company kitchens had 
been established in the ruins of Gibercy by the Supply Company, and at high 
noon on "Armistice Day," the men of the 315th Infantry received en masse their 
first hot meal in many days. During the day, numerous attempts were made 
by German officers and men to extend the glad hand to the khaki-clad dough- 
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niinil, ihtTe was Utile disposition on tlie part of the ReiiinieiU to rcoeivL- over- 
tures ol any kind, and orders a,i;ainsl fraternization were obeyed to the letter. 
That night the German troops staged a celeljration of their own defeat with a 
monster display of ])yrotcchnics along the entire front. .\s far as the eye could 
see in each direction along the lines, the sky blazed with (lerman rockets, star- 
shells, and signal lights. Many o\ these were sent up in combinations of red. 
while and green, the nearest color combination the forces of the Kaiser could 
manage, apparently, in an effort to provide a red, white and blue display for 
their conquerors. The German troops continued to occupy their barracks on 
Cote d' Orne, Cote de Morimont and Cote du Chateau during the day and night 
of the 12th, but early on the morning of the 13th they gathered together their arms 
and equipment and silently set out on their return to the l-"atherland. 

At noon on November 13th, the cossack posts of the 3l5th Infantry were 
withdrawn, and the Regiment moved from the vicinity of Gibercy. with ilie ex- 
ception of an outpost line established between Gibercy and Feu\-illers. This out- 
post line was held by "E" Company. The remaining companies of the -Second 
Battalion, together with Headquarters Company and Regimental I leadtjuarters. 
established themselves in the town of Damvillers. The First Battalion. Third 
Battalion, Machine Gun Company, and Su])ply Company took over billets in 
Etraye. Just before the move was made into these new quarters. Major John ,\. 
McKenna, M. C, joined the Regiment, having been assigned as Regimental Sur- 
geon. With him came Major Jesse R. Langley. who had formerly commanded 
•the Third Battalion of the 313th Infantrv ;ind who had been wounded while 

The 1'20mm. Gun Cxttured bv the Men of Company "D," :!I.">th Infantrv, 
IN THE Closing Minutes of the War 

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A SiKtET Scene in Etkaye 

The Entrance to Damvillers Showing Concrete Posts Put Up 
BY THE Germans as Tank Obstacles 



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leading his baltalidii in the attack on Monlfancim. Major I.angley was assigned 
to the First Baltahon. 

(Jn the 14tli of the month, the outpost hne held liy the ,il3th Infantry was 
extended to the left, relieving that portion of the line whieh had up until this 
time been held hy the 316th Infantry. This mo\e brought the Regimental line 
into liaison with the right of the 32nd Dixision. When the Army of ( )eeui)ation 
was formed, and tiie 32nd Division was preparing to move from its i)osition on 
the left of the Regimental sector, the Regiment was called upon to furnish numer- 
ous officers to fill vacancies in the different organizations ot that division. Most 
of the officers transferred were new arri\als from the Officers' Training School 
at Langres who had joined the i\egiment shortly after the armistice went into 
effect. Included in the transfer list, howe\er, were several officers who had 
served with the Regiment ever since its organization, and in their case the jjarting 
came as a decided blow, both to them and to the Regiment. In addition to fur- 
nishing officers, the 315th Infantry was also called upon to hel]) solve the trans- 
portation problems of the neighboring division, and more than a hundred draft 
and riding horses were turned over for the use of the Middle West division on 
its march to tlie Rhine. 


In the period between November 13lh and December 1st, large numbers of 
refugees from (jerman prison camps passed through the Regnnental lines. These 
refugees were of all nationalities, and Americans, FVench, English, Belgians, Ital- 
ians, Portuguese, and even some Chinese were given food and shelter by the 
Regiment as they made their way to the larger French towns in the rear. On 
some days, as many as two or three hundred of these liberated jirisoners would 
pass through the towns of Damvillers and Etraye on their way to X'erdun or 
some similar railroad centre. 

It was at this time that the collection of "soux enirs" became an important 
factor in the life of each memlx-r of the Regiment. Many of these souvenirs were 
obtained from the ])assing refugees, others were picked np in the abandoned Cer- 
man shacks and billets on Cote d' ( )rne and in the woods to the east, but for 
the most i)art they were gathered up b\- salvaging parties in the area over which 
the Regiment had fought. In this latter connection, the Third Battalion fur- 
nished details for the thorough salvaging of the area through which the Division 
had jiassed from October 29th to November 11th. This work was accomplished 
within two weeks and the amount of material i)icked up was sufficient to fill three 
large dumps. 

The outpost line was held by the Second Battalion until the 22nd of Novem- 
ber, when the posts were withdrawn. During this time the companies of the 
P>attalion had alternated in these jiositions, reliefs being made from time to 
time. The line had been extended to the right of Gibercy to include Chaumont- 
devant-Damvillers, and "H" Company had been sent to Gibercy to furnish the 
three outposts on the extreme right of the line. At the same time. "E" Company 
had been sent to Chaumont-de\ant-Damvillers in order to furnish daily patrols, 
covering an extensive i)atrolling area. These patrols were charged with the duty 
of picking up any stragglers from divisions passing through to the Army of Occu- 

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General Kuhn Addressing Men of the 315th Infantry in Damvili.ers 
ON Thanksgiving Day. November ^Sth, 1918 

pation and of bringing back any American prisoners released by tbe ( as 
they withdrew from the front. Companies "E" and "H" were withdrawn from 
these duties on the same date that the outpost hne was discontinued, and the 
whole Second Battalion was quartered in Danivillers. The Regiment remained 
in this area until December 26th, spending much time in drilling, hiking, and in 
weekly brigade and division maneuvers. 



The Village square in Dam\'i!lers was the scene of an interesting spectacle on 
Thanksgiving morning, November 2Sth, when the whole Regmient was assembled 
for Thanksgiving exercises arotmd the historic old monument. Here the officers 
and men of the Regiment were addressed by General Kuhn, (General Johnson, 
Colonel Knowles, Chaplain Lancaster and Chaplain Willis. Following the ad- 
dresses, the Second Battalion and Headquarters Company furnish?d a Victory 
T\irade, so screamingly funny, so cleverly executed that it kept the spectators 
laughing constantly as the men passed by. Somewhere in one of his lectures the 
late William James had something to sav about the "untapped level of energy 
in man," This unique celebration of I'hiladelphia's own regiment brought to 
light in a gratifying and surprising way the "untapped levels" of humor in soldiers, 
which neither the grim experiences of the battle-field nor separation from home 
and loved ones is able to extinguish or even permanently suppress. Horses, 

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wagons and water carts decorated with large (lerman beer signs, Boche machine 
gun carts, wheel-barrows and all available forms of transportation were put into 
use, and the X'ictory Parade ])assed around the old monument between columns 
of laughing and cheering doughboys. 

linniediatfl)' following the ])arade, several tableaux were ])resentc(l by the 
men of tlie I iea(l(|uarlers Company, depicting the more im]i()rtanl events of the 
war. These were staged upon what had at one time been a monument to Marshal 
Gerard, one of the heroes of France, who ])layed a conspicuous part in the libera- 
tion of Belgium in 1S31. but, owing either to the contemptible rapacity of ih? 
Germans or their scarcity of metal, the bronze figure of (ierard had disa])])eared, 
all that remained being the stone foiuulation and ilvj iron fence which sur- 
rounded it. 

During December, the Regiment recei\e<l a saKo of \isits from Di\ision, 
Corps and Army inspectors, 'ibis circumstance gave rise to the rL])ort that the 
79th Division, which at that time formed a part of the Second Army, was to 
move u]) into the rear eschelon of the Third Army, the Army of ( )ccupation ; 
bm the month drew to a close without any visible sign of movement, although 
at one time the Regiment did receive tentative orders for a move to the Stenay 
area, near the Luxembourg border. These, however, were countermanded almost 
as soon as issued, and finally it was learned that the Division was to move south 
into the Souilly area, with division head(|uarters at Souilly. This village had 
been the headquarters of General Pershing and the First American Army during 
the Meuse-Argonne ofifensive. The area itself lay immediavelv north of the citv 
of Bar-le-Duc. 

Early in December, Sergeant John 11. (ireen, of "F" Company, was formallv 
elected "Mayor of Damvillers." Two political parties had been formed by the 
men billeted in the village, "The Jambons" and "The Pommes." The delegates 
from each of these parties had held meetings at which the platform of the party 
was duly ex])lained. At the elexeiUh hour, a dark horse party, "Th? Woof- 
Woofs," entered the race, and its camlidatc ])ro\ed to be the winner on election 

.\boiU the time of the mayoralty election, a theatre, formerly used bv tiie 
Germans, was j)Ut in such shajje that it afforded an excellent hall for the a]>- 
pearance of several good shows which were jnit on by the V. M. C. A. and dif- 
fereiU tmits of the Division. The decorations and stage settings were carried out 
in an artistic fashion by the use of Roche artillery camouflage. On Christmas 
Eve. the officers of the Regiment assembled in this hall to usher in the Yuletide 
at the festive board. This was the first occasion at which all the officers bad 
been together since the arrival of the 315th Infantry in F'rance. Major McKenna 
proved himself a most capable toastmaster, and during the evening toasts were 
responded to by Colonel Knowles. I.ieutenant Colonel Burt, and S"veral other offi- 
cers of the Retjiment. 


Till-: .\l.\RCIi •|( t Till-. S( )III.I.V ARF.\ 

Christmas Day was sjjent liy all the companies in packing up for the move 
south into the Souilly area. \'ery early on the morning of the 26th. the Regi- 
ment started out on the first lap of a three-day march. With a light covering 
of snow on the ground, the luen marched all day, reaching Thierville at 5 P. M., 

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Regimental P. C. at Chaumont-sur-Aire 


where the Keginient was quartered in the Jar(hn de P^jntaine barracks, which 
had been constructed as part of a French mihtary post just northwest of Verdun. 
The following morning the hike was resumed with Souilly as a destination, and 
there the niglit of the 27th was spent in the Triage Hospital buildings, one kilo- 
meter outside the town. After a short march in a downpour of rain on the 28th, 
the troops arrived in the new Regimental billeting area at noon and were quar- 
tered as follows : Regimental Headquarters, Headquarters Company, Machine 
Gun Company, "C" Company and "D" Company at Chaumont-sur-Aire; First 
Battalion Headquarters, "A" Company and "B" Company at Erize-la-Petite ; 
Second Battalion at Neuville ; Third Battalion and Supply Company at Courouvre. 

In this area, training was resumed upon an extensive scale. The schedules 
consisted of drilling, hiking, terrain exercises and maneuvers. Great stress also 
was laid upon school work in specialized subjects, and both officers and men of 
the Regiment were given frequent courses of training at divisional and corps 
schools. After the armistice, the 315th Infantry had been shifted from the 2nd 
French Army Corps to the Ninth Corps of the Second American Army. It was 
under the Ninth Corps that the Regiment trained during the entire period of its 
stay in the Souilly area. Early in January much emphasis was laid ujion target 
work. Ranges were built by each battalion, and at Chaumont-sur-.\ire a large 
range was completed in three weeks. A competitive Divisional match was held 
upon this soon after its construction, for the purijose of selectnig a team to repre- 
sent the Division in the Ninth Corps rifle matches. 

Beginning in February, a series of competitive horse shows were held by 
regiments, brigades, division and corps. The first competition for the Regiment 
was the Regimental show' held at Courouvre, at which the best animals were chosen 
to be entered in the dit^'erent classes at the 15Sth Brio-ade show. 

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On February 23rd, the horse show of the 15Sth P>rij,'a(le was held on the 
a\iation tield near Issoncourt, in which conijiitition the ol.ith Infantry carried 
otT a total of fourteen prizes. The Supply CDnipany, Machine (iun Company 
and ,i7nim. platoon of the Headquarters Company furnished the entries from the 
Ret{iment. To those who saw this show, it became very evident, from the ex- 
cellent condition of its animals and equi|)ment. that the 315th Infantry would 
be a serious contender for honors in the coming dixision show. The fol- 
lowing is a list of ])rize winners from the .il.^ili Infantrv Stipph- ('onipanv: 

First prize in Four Line Teams (mules). Six Line Chariol-de-1'arc (mules), 
and One Line Carts ( water carts ) ; second prize in Two Line Carts. Four Line 
Teams (horses). Four Line Teams (mules). Six Line Chariot-de-Parc and One 
T ine Carts ( water carts ) ; third prize in Two Line Teams ( four wheeled vehicles) . 

In the competition f(jr machine gun squads, the prizes were awarded to 
the entries having the best drilled squads, best animals and best equipment. ( )f 
the ten squads participating in this contest, the 316th Infantry Machine Cun 
Company's entry took hrst place, and second, third and fourth places were 
won by the 315th Infantry. In the class for 37mm. guns, the Headquarters 
Company, of the 315th Infantry, entered two guns and won first and second 
places in that class. 

DI\'1S1()X.\L HORSE SIK >\\' 

The Horse show of the 79lh Division was held at Pierretitte. I*"ebruarv 27th, 
and the 315th lnf;intr\ again carried ;i\\av highest honors, receiving, in 


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al'.. four first ])rizes, two seconds and two thirds. The Supply Company entries 
won the following places : 

First prize in Four Line Teams ( horses ) , Four Line Teams ( mules ) . and 
One Line Carts (water carts) ; second prize in One Line Carts (water carts) ; 
third prize in Six Line Chariot-de-Parc (mules). 

'1 he entries in the machine gun competition, consisted of one squad from the 
315th Infantry, one squad from the 316th Infantry, and two squads from the 314th 
Infantry. The field was ankle deep in mud, and fast work was difficult. How- 
ever, the men of the 315th Machine Gun Company finished the contest in \ery 
good time, considering the conditions under which they were working, taking 
the first prize, with the 316th Infantr\' Machine Gun Company a close second. 

In the class for i7 mm. guns, the entry of the 3I5th Infantry came into the 
ring with perfect equipment and the men keen for competition with the rival 
Brigade. ,\t the start of the competition both of the gun crews showed their 
training in their quick get-a-ways, and all through the action everything pointed 
to the 315th Infantry as a sure winner, the only question being which of the 
two crews would be given first place. Number 1 crew under the leadership of 
Sergeant McLaughlin finished first, with the crew of Sergeant Czarnecki finish- 
ing second. After a discussion by the judges, first prize was awarded to the 
gun crew of the 314th Infantry, the No. 1 crew of the 315th Infantry being 
awarded the second prize. Acknowledging defeat, the men left the field with the 
vow that the Ninth Corps Show would see them winners for first place. 

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At Lerouville, France, on the 21st of .Marcli. tlrj Ninth Corps licld a horse 
show for the championship of the Corps. In this show, as in tlie others, the 
315th Infantry l\c»inient continued to add to its laurels by winning three first 
prizes and one lliird. The Sn])ply Coni])any took the following jjlaces : 

First ])rize in ( )ne Line Carts (water carts) and third ])rize in Foin- 
Teams ( mules). 

Ihe same contest as that iield at the ISiSth Brigade show was carried out bv 
the Machine Gun entries. In this class werj two squads from the .^.^Oth Infantry 
Machine Gun Company of the 88th Division, one squad from the 316th Infantry 
Machine Gun Com])any, and one squad from the 315th Infantry. The contest 
proved very close, antl the result remained in doulit until the judges had made 
a thorough inspection. .At the end of this inspection, lirst i-rize was awarded to 
the 315th Infantry, and the second prize to the entry from the 8Sth Division. 
.After the show, the senior judge made a statement that the entr\ from tite 315th 
Infantry showed the best mule and e(|uipment that he had ever seen in ;i machine 
gun organization. 

In the i7 mm. class, the competitors of tlie 315tli Infantry consisted of en- 
tries from the other units of the 79th Division, 88th Division, and Ninth 
Cor])s Headquarters. The same contest was carried out, and the same method 
of judging, ;is had been in force at the other siiows. A great deal of fricndl\- 
rivalry was shown between the 315th Infantry entr\ and that of the 314th In- 
fantry, which had won out in the 79th Division show. .\t the tinish, the juilges, 

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without any hesitancy, awarded first prize to the crew of the 315th Infantry, and 
second prize to the entry of the 314th Infantry. 

Owing to the move of the 79th Division from the Souilly area to Riniauconrt, 
during the first week in April, it was impossihle to enter the Second Army Show, 
scheduled to lie held at Toul on April 5th. This was very disappointing to the 
Regiment, for it were most confident of winning other blue ribbons at the Second 
Army Show, and perhaps, later on, championships of the A. E. F. 


During the stay in the Souilly area, nearly every unit of the 79th Division 
turned its attention to home talent theatricals as a means of relieving the monotony 
of F"rench village life. Many very successful shows were produced as a result, 
and a Divisional show circuit was established under the supervision of a Divi- 
sional entertainment officer. Each regimental and battalion show produced played 
its round on this circuit, which included all the larger organizations of the Divi- 
sion. By this arrangement each of the units within the Division was enabled to 
enjoy the entertainment produced by the Division at large. The 315th Infantry 
show, "Salvage and Souvenir," written and produced by Chaplain R. V. Lancaster, 
gn\e its jiremier performance on the night of Marcii 7th. Ujjon this occasion the 
officers of the Regiment entertained ( ieneral Kulin and his staff as their guests 
at an informal dinner. The performances given by the Regimental show within 
the Division proved so successful that there was a popular demand for the show 
to tour the Second Armv circuit. .\ month was sj)ent on the road, the trip end- 
ing with two performances in Paris before enthusiastic audiences. 

It was during the months of January, February and March, 1919, that the 
officers and men of the Regiment had their first real opportunity to see France. 
Through a system of leaves and furloughs, members of the Regiment were 
enabled to visit Nice, Aix-les-Bains, Valse-les-Bains, Monte Carlo, Menton, and 
various other popular resorts in Southern France. Leaves and furloughs were 
also granted to Paris and various cities in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. 
Although traxeling conditions were anything but comfortable, the change of 
scene and environment more than made up for the discomforts of travel, and 
tliere were few in the Regiment who did not enjoy their "Armee Americaine 
Pcrmissionaire — Quart de Tarif" to the limit. 

While in the Souilly area, a great deal of attention \\-as given to various kinds 
of athletics. Under Mr. George Burford, Y. M. C. A. athletic instructor of the 
Regiment, the 315th Infantry made an excellent showing in the athletic com- 
petitions which were held within the Division. This was especially true with 
regard to boxing. Under the management and tutelage of Mr. Burford, the 
315th Infantry boxers made such good showings in their preliminary matches 
ithat six of them were taken to Souilly for training, in order that they might 
represent the Division in the competitive matches held each week in Paris. 


( )n the 28th of March, exactly three months after its arrival in the Souilly 
area, the Regiment moved out on what pro\'ed to be the longest march in which 
it had e\er partici])ated, the destination Ijeing Rimaucourt, 25 kilometers north- 

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east ot Lhaumont where the General Headquarters of the American Expedi- 
fonary Forces had been established. 1-ne days were spent on the march ' br- 
.ng whK-h a total of 98 kilometers was covered. The first day's march wasM'ot 
and the troops were staged for the ni^ht as follows: First battalion. Headquar- 
ters Company, ^lachme ( ,un Company at Seigneulles : Second Battalion an<l 
kegmiental Hea.lquarters at Rosnes ; Third Battalion and Supply Companv 
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oal ed to tr't 't '"r"""''''^ '" '' ™'''- ''■"""'"" ''^"- '''-'^•"'S ^' ^1-- bi"cts 
dieted °i\ ^'^^?""-tal Headquarters and the First Battalion were 

nam b Culv ( ^,^>-°"?. ^'-^"^''O" '" ''--V: Third Battalion and Supply Com- 
pan> ,n Culey Machme Cun Company and Headquarters Company in Erize-St 
iooJl ''-iJr ?■ "'"'^ ^-""'"^"^rf e^>-ly i" the morning of the 3dth. and. with 

good, clear weather, the troops arrived in the third staging area shortly after 
kmch. wuh Reg,mental Headquarters. First Battalion. Secmid Battaho He-xT 

'nd''S,i:7"-'' '^^^^'-!V^"'l ^'?'"^^">- '" Ligny-en-Barrois; tS Bat^^. 
and .Supply Compau}- m \ illers-le-Sec. 

The fourth day-s hike made up for the short ones of the three previous days 
for on th.s day a chstance of 35 kilometers was covered before the roops arrted 

tny u "i ''■'''"" '"'• '" ""' ''■'' R^.?""ental Headquarters. Third 

Battahon. Headquarters Company. .Machine Gun Company and Supply Company 
were quartered ,n Xoncourt; the First Battalion in .Saillv ; Second Batt li n 
Headquarters Companies '^G" and '11" in Pancey ; Companies "E'' am 'f" 
.n Amgotdaincourt. The hfth a,id last day's march was another long one cov- 
enng 2. kdonxeters. Notwithstanding the distance they had marched n tie 
past tour days, the troops arrived at Rimaucourt on the afternoon of Anril 1st 
in the hnest knul of con<lition. Xot a straggler was in evide e "s the cdmn 

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While the Regiment was en ronte between Souilly and Riniaucourt, Colonel 
Knowles and General Johnson, commanding general of the 158th Infantry 
Brigade, were called away temporarily to attend the Third Army school at Treves. 
With the (lepartnre of Colonel Knowles, command of the 315th Infantry devoKed 
upon Lieutenant Colonel Burl. Colonel AlcCaskey, of the 316lh Infantry, as- 
sumed command of the 158th Brigade in the absence of General Johnson. 

The Rimaucourt area was officially known as the Fourth Divisional ( .\n- 
delot) Area, with Rimaucourt serving as the di\isional railhead. When the 
79th Division took over the area. Di\ision headcjuarters was established at Reynel 
and the 158th Infantry Brigade headquarters at Orquevaux. The 315th Infan- 
try was billeted in Rimaucourt in buildings which had formerly been used by Base 
Hospitals Xos. 58 and 238. This was the first time since reaching France that 
the entire Regiment had been billeted in one place, and the large, airy barracks in 
w liich the officers and men lived suggested the former days at Camp Meade. 

Circumstances were such at Rimaucourt that it became possible to approxi- 
mate the conditions of cantonment life once more. A large parade ground in the 
middle of the hos])ital area furnished excellent facilities for close order drill 
and military ceremonies, so that battalion parades and formal guard mounts 
again came into their own. Tiie establishments maintained by the Red Cross and 
the Y. M. C. .\. both at'forded wonderful service in the matter of welfare work, 
particularly in the case of the former organization, whose auditorium was the 
finest of its kind seen bv the Regiment abroad. 


It was during its stay in the Fourth Divisional Area that the 79th Division 
was reviewed by the Commander-in-Chief of the American Expeditionary Forces, 
General John J. I'ershing. The review, which was held on Saturday, .April 12th, 
on a ])lateau in the hills northeast of Orquevaux, was probably the most impres- 
sive ceremony in which the Regiment ever participated. The day was cold and 
gray and drizzly, as French days so often are, but, in the eyes of the twenty 
thousand Americans drawn up before their commander-in-chief, the grayne-s 
of the air and the misty French hills in the background served only to intensify 
tlic dignity and solemnity of the occasion. 

Each unit of the Division had been turned out in full tield equipment and 
with all axailable transportation, and each imit in turn was personally inspected 
by the leader of the .\merican E.xpeditionary Forces. Following his inspectio': 
of the troo])S and equipment, and just prior to the re\iew of the Di\ision, Gen- 
eral Pershing decorated the various regimental colors and awarded the Distin- 
guished Service Cross, in the name of the President, to forty-three members of 
the Division. (Jf these forty-three, fifteen were members of the 315th Infantry. 
The re\iew itself provided a wonderful picture of militarv power, a j)icture born 
of war-time conditions and impossible to reproduce at other times and in otlur 
settings. .\s the oncoming troops slowly emerged from the mist ahead, ])assed 
and then vanished into the mist once more, one received the impression of a 
moving flood of steel and with that an impression of irresistible force and power. 
None who saw it can ever forget the thrill of pride aroused by that picture of 
America's massed fighting men. 


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General Pershing Inspects the i!Ith Division 




Several days after the review, the following letter was received by General 

Kuhii ; 

"American Expeditionary Forces, 

Office of the Commander-in-Chief, 

_ ., , ,. France, April 13th, 1919. 

Major General Joseph Kuhn, 

Commanding 79th Division, 
American E. F. 
Mv dear Genearl Kupin : 

It afforded me great satisfaction to inspect the 79th Division on April 12th, 
and (in that occasion to decorate the standards of your regiments and, for gal- 
lantry in action, to confer medals upon certain officers and men. Your trans- 
portation and artillery were in splendid shape, and the general apjiearance of 
the division was well up to the standard of the American Expeditionary Forces. 
Throughout the inspection and review the excellent morals of the men and 
their pride in the record of their organization was evident. 

In the Meuse-Argonne offensive the division had its full share of hard fight- 
ing Entering the line for the first time on September 26th as the right of the 
center corps, it took part in the beginning of the great Meuse-Argonne offen- 
si\e. By September 27th it had captured the strong position of Montfaucon, 
and in spite of hea\y artillery reaction, the Bois de Beuge and Nantillois were 
occupied. On Septemljer 30th it was relieved, having advanced ten kilometers. 
It again entered the battle on October 29th. relieving, as part of the 17th French 
Corps, the 29th Division in the Grande Montague sector to the east of the Meuse 
River. From that time until the armistice went into effect, it was almost con- 
stantly in action. ( )n November 9th, Crepion, Wavrille and Gibercy were taken, 
and in conjunction with elements on the right and left, Etraye and Moirey were 
invested. (Jn November 10th. Chaumont-devant-Damvilliers was occupied and 
on No\ember 11th, \'ille-devant-Chaumont was taken — a total of 9'S kilometers. 

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Tliis is a line record fur aiu (Ii\isii)ii anil I want tlie ufficers and men to 
know lliis and to realize lunv niueh they ha\e contributed to the success of our 
arms. TIu-n may return home justly ])roud of themselves and of the ])art they 
ha\e plaved in the American l''.x])editionary Forces. 

Sincerel}- yours, 

John J. I'icksiiixg." 

( hi ilic Monday followini,' the re\iew 1)\ ( ieneral Pershing, the Regiment was 
called to L'haumont to he rcxiewed by the llonoraljle Josephus iJaniels. Secretary 
of the Navy. For this review, the Transportation Division of (i. 11. O. pro\ ided 
the 315th Infantry with a train of 140 motor trucks, many of which had been 
brought from jjoints as far distant as the .\lsace-Lorraine and Swiss borders. 
This truck train transported the RegimeiU. with room to s])are, to a!id from 
Chaumont. It so hajipened that ."secretary Daniels, by reason of ;i delayed train, 
was unable to be present at the ceremony, and in his stead the troo])s of the ,?l.Mh 
InfaiUry were reviewed by Lieutenant (Ieneral llunlcr Liggett and a number 
of the higher ofiticers of the Na\y. 

The third ceremony for llie Regiment w ithin a we.-k was held on the parade 
ground at Rimaucourl on .\])ril U)th, at which time (i.'neral Kuhn decorated the 
men of the Division to whom the Croix de (luerre had been awarded bv the 
French (io\ermnent. The Second Battalion acted ;is the parading battalion on 
this occasion and the ceremony was carried through most successfully. 

During the week, beginning April 13th, the various organizations of the Divi- 
sion were entertained liy Miss Margaret Wilson, the daughter of the 1 'resident 
of the United .States. Miss Wilson made lier head(|uarters in Rim.aucourt dur- 
ing her tour of the Di\isional .area and ga\e her entertainment for the men of 
the 31.^th Infantry in the l\ed Cross .auditorium on the evening of .\pril 13th. 

General Pekshtng .Aw.vrding the Distinguished Service Cross to Earle C. Offixcer^ 315th Infantry 


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General Kuhn Awarding the Croix de Guerre to Officers and Men of the 
70th Division at Rimaucol'rt, France, April 10, inifi 


On Friday, April 18th, Miss Wilson and her party, together with Gen-r:il Knhn 
and his staff, were entertained at a luncheon in the Regimental Y. M. C. A. huild- 
ing hy the officers of the Regiment. 

However, the stay at Rimaucourt was not ont- uncliluted round of military 
ceremonies and social functions. Much tinv was spent in drilling, athletics and 
the cleaning and reno\'ation of equipm'jiit. Work was commenced on the build- 
ing of a rifle range, under the d'rcction of Lieutenant Carter, Regimental Mus- 
ketry (Jfficer. but ; ftcr only two days' progress, orders were received to cease 
all constrn t'on work and commence a thorough policing of the camp, as a move 
into another area was only a matter of two or three weeks off. The first warn- 
ing orders were to the eft'ect that the Division would lie sent to the LeMans area, 
Ijut a few days before the date sp-jcified for the (k-i)artiire of the troops the plans 
were changed, and the Di\ision was ordered to proceed to the vicinity of Nantes. 
On the 10th of April, the Dixision passed from the Second Army to the com- 
mand of the Commanding General of the S. O. S. Ow April 13th, the day after 
the review by General Pershing, all horses and mules belonging to the Regiment 
were loaded on trains, whence they departed to parts unknown. At the same 
time all extra equijiment was gathered together and turned into the Regimental 
Su]iply Officer for final disposition. 


Finally the date of departure from the Fourth Divisional Area arrived, and 
at .S :00 A. M., April 21st, the first train pulled out of Rimaucourt, carrying the 
First Battalion, Headquarters Company and Supply Company. At the same hour 
on the 23rd, the second section moved out with the Second and Third Battalions. 
The Machine ( nin Company remained behind until the 25th, when it entrained 
with the 304tli Sanitary Train. The long trip was made in approximately 40 hours. 

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Enroute the trains passed through Chauniont, Dijon, Paray, MouHns, Bourges, 
Tours, Angiers, and Nantes, many of these towns bringing back rcineniljrances 
of the trip inland from Brest, some nine months before. Ihe sc\eral trains 
brought the different units to Vertou, the headquarters of the Regimental area 
and situated on the Se\re l\i\er about ten kiU>nieters southeast of Xantes. By 
Sunday afternoon, April 27th, the last unit of the Regnnent had arrived, the 
various units being billeted in an area of small \illages, each one within a radius 
of four kilometers from Regimental Headquarters at Vertou. When all had been 
billeted, the disposition of the Regiment was as follows: Regimental lleadt|uar- 
ters, Third Battalion and Headquarters Company at \'ertou ; I-lrst Battalion 
Headquarters, with Companies "C" and "D" at Le Chene ; Companies "A" and 
"B" at Barbinierre and t'orlillon, respectively; Second Battalion, complete, at 
Beautour ; Supjjly Company at Mandon and Machine dun Company at La 

Just prior to the mo\e to X'ertou, Lieutenant Colonel Burl, in view of the 
impending return of the 79th Division to the United States, was transferred from 
the Regiment, in order that he might be reassigned to duty that would coininue 
his service in France. \\ ith his de])arture, command of the Regiment passed 
to Major Lloyd, of the Third Battalion. 

The area in and about X'ertou was untloubtedly the most attractive area in 
which the Regiment was stationed during its stay in France. The sunny skies, 
])rosperous country-side and clean, well kept villages formed a decided contrast 
to the conditions under which the Regiment had been accustomed to live. The 
French people li\ing in the area were more than cordial in their welcome to both 

A Scene in V'ertou Showing Church .\nd Regiment.\l P. C. 

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officers and men, and the feeling grew that life in France had. perhaps, its at- 
tractive features after all. Xantes, a charming old city on the banks of the 
Loire River, lay only a few kilometers northwest of the Regimental area and was 
easily accessible to the members of the 315th Infantry, with the result that lluTc 
was a large demand for week-end passes "to town." 

During the three week's stay in the N'ertou area, the records and eciuipnicnt 
of the various companies were carefully gone over, and everything was made 
read)' for the inspections by the officials of the b.ise ])ort. .\t this time those 
officers wiio desired to continue in the ser\icc were transferred, one by one, to 
organizations which were destined to remain in Fr;ince after the 79th Division 
had sailed. Each, as he left, carried with him a warm farewell greeting from the 
Regiment and its best wishes for the future. During the tirst week in May, the 
Regiment went through a round of inspections very similar to that endured prior 
to leaving the United States the \ear before. These inspections were all passed 
with flying colors, and everyone wailed expectantly for the move to the ])ort of 
embarkation. On May 8th, Colonel Knowles rejoined the Regiment .ind once 
more took over the direction of its affairs. 

Finally the long awaited orders arrived, and on Monday, Mav 12th. the 
315th Infantry boarded trains for Saint Nazaire and began its last trip on French 
soil. The troop trains reached -Saint Nazaire the same evening, and the Regi- 
ment at once marched to Casual Cam]) No. 2, where the night was spent. ( )n 
the morning of the following day, the 13th, the Regiment ])assed through a series 
of physical ex.aminations and then proceeded to Casual Camp No. 1, where it 
was initiated into the mysteries of the port of embarkation's delousing jilant. 
The Regiment, having been put in immaculate sanitary condition, then estab- 
lished itself in the Isolation Cam]), where it settled down to await the arrival of 
a transj)ort. Conditions at Saint Nazaire were infinitelv better than those ex- 
perienced by the troops at Brest the jjreceding July. Instead of living in "pup 
tent" camps scattered at random through muddy fields, the Regiment was quar- 
tered in clean, well constructed barracks that afforded all ])ossible comfort and 
convenience. Messing arrangements were excellent, and both officers and men 
were unanimous in their praise of Saint Nazaire as an embarkation center. Dur- 
ing the stay at the Isolation Cam]), the Personnel l)e])artment ])ut the finishing 
touches on all records and papers, and the entire Regiment was |)ul in order for 
a quick tri]i to the ".States." 

IK i.\l i:\VARD liOCND 

The honor of being the lirsl units to board shi]) for home and countrv fell 
to the lot of "L" and "M" Companies of the Third I'attalion. These two com- 
panies, with light and eager tread, marched out from the Isolation Cam]) at one 
o'clock in the afternoon on ]\lay 15th and ])roceeded to the docks along the harbor 
front, where they boarded the U. S. S. Dakotaii. a cargo vessel which had been 
converted into an army transport. During the afternoon,' orders were received 
from the embarkation camj) ])lacing Major Lloyd, commanding officer of the 
Third Battalion, in command of all troo])s aboard the Dakotan. and he. ac- 
comi)anied by his adjutant. Lieutenant .\ndrews, went aboard at 6:30 P. .M. that 
evening. In addition to Companies "L" ,ind ".M", Ca])tain Morris and twelve 

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Companies "L" and 

M," 3I0TH Infantry, Arriving in Philadelphia 
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men, coiiijjrising the Third Battalion Sanitary Detachment, also found quarters 
on the Dakotan. In all, a total of 25 officers rnd 1,631 men went aboard ship. 
In addition to the troops of the 315th Infantry, the Dakotan carried several 
small specialized units of the 79tli l)i\ision, two l)asc hospitals and a number of 

The remaining officers and men of the Regiment did not receive their em- 
barkation orders until the following day. May 16th. Early in the evening on 
that date, all of the members of the Regiment who had not been assigned to the 
Dakotan wended their way from the Isolation Camp to the harbor front and 
went aboard the U. S. S. Santa Rosa, which, like the Dakotan, was a con- 
verted cargo vessel. The Santa Rosa carried a total of 46 officers and 2,145 
men, all of whom were members of the 315th Infantry with the exception of 1 
officer and 26 men who comprised the 14th Photo Section of the Signal Corps. 

Owing to the lack of state-room facilities on the Dakotan and Santa Rosa. 
it was possible for only 51 officers of the Regiment to make the trip with 
the troops. These officers were selected from among those who had serxed with 
the Regiment since its organization. The remaining officers were organized into 
a casual detachment, which later proceeded to Brest and embarked on the Graf 
IValdcrscc, a former German liner. It was expected that the casual officers would 
rejoin the Regiment in the United States, but the expected never came to pass, 
■■o that Saint Nazaire witnessed the first big step in the parting of the ways for 
the members of the 315th Infantry. 

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Thf Dakotan weitjhcd anchor shortly after noon on May U)lh and steamed 
slowly out of the harbor on its 3,200 mile trip to America. Tiie Santa Rosa 
followed at five o'clock in the morning on May 17th, and with its departure the 
315th Infantry bade a final farewell to France and the American Expeditionary 
Forces. The trip across the .Atlantic was uneventful save for three days of ex- 
tremely roujjh weather in the Ray of Biscay at the bej^inninfj of the voyage. It 
was, indeed, the unevent fulness of the return trip which made it seem so different 
from the trip across during the preceding July, when it was a nip and tuck race be- 
tween American transjrorts and (icrman sulimarines. One missed the boatswain's 
nightly cry of ".all hands darken ship," and missing also were the daily "abandon 
ship" drills of former times. Mow-ever, the news sh?et. ])ublished each day by 
the ship's wireless operators, helped relicxe the tedium of tiij voyage, and, in 
this way the Dakotan and Santa Rosa were .able to keej) in touch with the 
outside world and with each other. 

It was not until the last two days of the voyage that the Regiment learned 
where it was to land. Then the news was received that both the Dakotan and 
the Santa Rosa would dock at Philadelphia, the city which the 313th Infantry 
has always called its home. The Dakotan. with its early start, was the first 
to reach port, arriving at the City of Brotherly Love on the afternoon of 
May 2Xth. .\s the transport steamed slowly up the Delaware toward its jjier 
at the foot of .Snyder Avenue, the men who crowded its decks recei\ed a wel- 
come unparalleled in all their forni/r experiences. With the ringing of I)ells 


Irooi's on the W.w to C.\mi' Dix .\N'1) Demoi5iliz.\tion' 

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and the shrieking of whistles, with clieers and laughter and tears, the city wel- 
comed home its own in a spontaneous tribute that will ever linger in the memory 
of those who witnessed it. Two days later, on the morning of Memorial Day, 
the Santa Rosa arrived and received a welcome as spontaneous and as fervid 
as that accorded the Dakotaii. 


Immediately upon the arri\al of tlu- transports at the dock, the \arious units 
of the M5th Infantry disembarked antl boarded trains which carried them direct 
to Camp Dix, where the Regiment was to be demobilized. At Camp Dix, Regi- 
mental Headciuarters was established in building 302, while the Regiment estab- 
lishes itself in the 300, 400 and 500 Blocks, between New York and New Jersey 
Avenues. Companies "L" and "M", together with Third Battalion Headquarters, 
were quartered in the 4000 Block, on the other side of Camp. 

It was at Camp Dix that the Regiment held its tinal ceremony. This oc- 
curred on the morning of June 2nd, when (General Kuhn decorated some thirty 
officers and men of the Division with the Croix de Guerre, in the name of the 
French Government. The Second Battalion, as at Rimaucourt, was called upon 
to act as the parading battalion. That occasion marked the last ajipearance of 
the troops of the 315th Infantry as an organized unit. 

Before the final steps toward demobilization were taken, the Regiment was, 
for several days, held in readiness to participate in a "welcome home" parade 
in the city of Philadelphia. The people of the city were very anxious to have 
the 315th Infantry and other units of the 79th Division close their military his- 
t(iry with a parade similar to that given by the 28th Division the month before. 
( )n this subject, however, the members of the Regiment held far different feel- 
ings. Tiie 315th Infantry had played its part whole-heartedly in the great struggle 
for civilization, its work had been accomplished, and, with its record clear cut 
in the annals of the nation, the Regiment was willing to rest content. In the 
end, the final decision in the matter was left to the troops themselves, and, in a 
vote taken throughout the Regiment, the parade was voted down by an over- 
whelming majority. 

With the moot question of a parade settled, demobilization proceeded at a 
rapid rate. Members of the Regiment who were to be discharged at camps 
nearer to their homes than Camp Dix one after the other joined special traveling 
detachments and passed out of the life of the E-^eginient amid the hearty fare- 
wells of their comrades. Those of the Regiment who remained at Camp Dix 
were passed through the discharge center there in raj^id succession. On Jime 
9th, the last members of the Regiment recei\-ed their discharge papers, and the 
315th Infantry passed out of existence as an active military organization. 

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Killed in Action 

Field and Staff Officers 

Major Ward W. Pierson 

First Lieut. Benjamin Bdli.ock, :iRi) 1 


Company A 


First Lieut. Alfred L. Quintard 

Pvt. Bryant M. Dolbow 

Pvt. Ernest Livingston 

CoRi>. Vincent J. Byrne 

Pvt. Patrick Egan 

Pvt. Elmer Ogden 

Corp. Esterino A. Crudei.le 

Pvt. Nicholas Forlinni 

Pvt. Elwood G. Paul 

PvT. 1st cl. Reuben H. Duffel 

Pvt. James Gaffney 

Pvt. Frank C. Richter 

PvT. Anthony Barbozcvricz 

Pvt. Herman R. Hertzberg 

Pvt. Salvatore Schimmenti 


PvT. Carmine Capelluppo 

Pvt. John Ischi 

Pvt. Nathan C. Shute 


PvT. Enrice Cicconni 

Pvt. Emmett G. Laub 

Pvt. Edward F. Smith 

PvT. Nicola Crispi 

Pvt. Joseph J. Lenahan 
Company B 

Corp. Henry E. P. Pritchard 

Pvt. Samuel Doris 

Pvt. George Moss 

Bugler Henry J. Jacoby 

Pvt. Jacob Ehrlich 

Pvt. Ralph Sauter 

PvT. IsTCL. Frederick Buckwald 

Pvt. Harry Eichenberger 

Pvt. Carlo Scaglio 

PvT. 1st cl. John J. NociTO 

Pvt. William Hawk 

Pvt. Raffaele Spiotta 

PvT. 1st cl. Albert F. Pflieger 

Pvt. Grover C. Kook 

Pvt. Ceslaw Stepulkowski 

PvT. John G. Boss 

Pvt. Louis Lohmui.ler 
Company C 

Pvt. James Sword 

Sgt. Louis Oerlemans 

Pvt. John K. Bishop 

Pvt. William M. Paynter 

Sgt. John J. Read 

Pvt. Theodore C. Brown 

Pvt. Leo Raczkowski 

Corp. David P. Anderson 

Pvt. Fred J. Fudala 

Pvt. Frank Santisiri 

Corp. George Da nig 

I'vT. Ale.xander Gilchrist 

Pvt. Nick Serago 

Corp. Harry Friel 

Pvt. Leo Hart 

Pvt. Harry A. Shivelv 

Corp. George Horn 

Pvt. Edward T. Kane 

Pvt. Paul J. Smith 

Corp. Edwin R. Souders 

Pvt. Erakle Kozman 

Pvt. Louis Stein 

Mech. Edward Fleisch 

Pvt. James S. Mailus 

Pvt. Leo J. Swartz 

PvT. 1st cl. Chas. E. Wrigley 

Pvt. Giovanni Paduano 

Pvt. Stephen Terzitta 


PvT. Victor Antim.sry 

Company D 


1st Lt. Seth C. Hetherington 

Pvt. 1st cl. Charles Diehl 

Pvt. Frank Lewis 


Sgt. William Cunningham 

Pvt. 1st cl. Stephen Esterly 

Pvt. Alexander McClean 


Sgt. Elmer R. Fox 

Pvt. Lst cl. Luigi Gagliaridi 

Pvt. John A. Murray 


Sgt. Clarence Pancoast 

Pvt. 1st cl. Michael Kenny 

Pvt. Walter Mi'ssack 


Corp. Fred Baumeister 

Pvt. 1st cl. James Kiileen 

Pvt. Morris Nachitgal 


Corp. Isaac Cohen 

Pvt. 1st cl. John McNamara 

Pvt. Samuel Novick 

Corp. Peter Kerr 

Pvt. 1st i l. R. .\. Sullivan 

Fvt. Hulen W. Phelps 

Corp. Stormonth Pollock 

Pvt. James Bain 

Pvt. John J. Quinn 

Corp. Edward Poyntz 

Pvt. Francis F. Carton 

Pvt. Charles Schnell 

Corp. Abram Street 

Pvt. Lee N. Ccok 

Fvt. Benjamin Traffican 

Mec. Thomas Moore 

Pvt. David Diamond 

Pvt. Frank Trebino 

Mec. William J. Moore 

Pvt. George R. Hill 

Pvt. Leonard Vecchione 

PvT. 1.ST cl. Henry Cantavespie 

Pvt. James P. Kei i.y 

Pvt. Birchard White 

PvT. IsTCL. Ormill S. Cummings 

FvT. Martin E. Kelly 

Pvt. Joseph 0. Yehle 

Pvt. IsTcL. John J. Curran 

Fvt. Morris Kriterman 


Company E 

Sgt. Apau Kau 

Pvt. The'.'DOre Borowski 

Pvt. Pietro Merola 

Corp. Raymond F. Kuhl 

Pvt. Harry F. Diamond 

Pvt. Richard J. Rorke 

Corp. David Saukerblatt 

Pvt. George J. Dieteri.e 

Pvt. Elwood E. Schlarb 

Corp. Spencer H. Sauer 

Pvt. Michael D. Goonan 

Pvt. Walter O. Skinner 

Corp. Richard G. Weise 

Pvt. Charles J. Kelly 

Pvt. Clinton E. Smith 

Pvt. 1st cl. James P. Fahey 

Pvt. James J. Kinser 

Pvt. Wm. T. Steinhauer 


Pvt. Clarence J. Anderson 

Pvt. Stephen Mashk 


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Company F 

First Lieut. Wm. A. Sheehan 


Charles O. Dozois 

Pvt. Irving S. Roffis 

Sgt. Leo Brazek 


Joseph Fox 

Pvt. Jesse F. Schaal 

Sgt. Nelson N. Herron 


Wilbur A. Guthrie 

Pvt. David Sciii.ossberg 

Corp. Pius J. Nau 


Robert King 

Pvt. Theodore G. Scholler 1 

PvT. Coyle 


George B. Kolp 

Pvt. John F. Stewart 1 

PVT. BeNJAiMIN F. Dietz 


Company G 


PvT. IsTCL. .AmericoDi Pasquale Pvt. 

GuisEPPE De Cellis 

Pvt. Wm. Hetherington ' 1 

PvT. IsTCL. George M. Donahue 


John Greenwood 
Company H 


Corp. James L. Gallagher 


Morris Lipkin 

Pvt. Michele Phi iolle 

Pvt. Walter .'\t\v(X)d 


Frederick Lippert 

Pvt. Clifford Pickerin<; 

PvT. John Carson 


William J. McDonnell 

Pvt. Robert Ritchie 

Pvt. James S. Galloway 


Fr.\nk Pahls 

Pvt. Benjamin Schwartz 

Pvt. IIenkv R. Klenck 

Company I 

First Lieut. Raymond T. Turn 


. Thomas Landenberger 

Pvt. John A. Barron 

Sgt. Frank Hill 


. Frank Merriam 

Pvt. George Gastenweld 

Sgt. Samuel Trotta 

Company K 

•2nd Lieut John T. Owens 


1st cl. William H. Duke 

Pvt. Charles M. Keeno 

Sgt. Harry L. Green\v(K)d 


1st cl. Edward F. Mc.Aleer 

Pvt. James M. Kinney 

Sgt. Andrew C. Shagren 


1st cl. Robert R. Morris 

Pvt. John L. Lynch I 

Sgt. William A. Sievers 


1st cl. John J. Quinn 

P\'T. WiLLi.\M P. Mann 

Sgt. Louis C. Symington 


IsTCL. T. W.Rauschenberger 

Pvt. Horace J. O'Donnell 

Corp. John Ayre, Jr. 


IsT.cL. Eugene G. W.'VTKins 

Pvt. Henry L. Rodes 

Corp. Pasquale D'Amato 


Giovanni Angelillo 

Pvt. Anthony Samkowitz 

Corp. Stephen G. Fritz 


Bernard Aspell 

Pvt. John J. Sartory 

Corp. David Gould 


George D. Blaney 

Pvt. John V. Scudero , _ 

Corp. Lorenzo Lobaccaro 


Albert Com maker 

Pvt. Clarence W. South 


Pvt. Lst cl. Thos. W. Astbury 


Charles J. Covle 

Pvt. Joe Waters 


Pvt. Lst cl. Bernard j . Casey 


George Gonaff 

Pvt. Peter Zack 


Pvt. 1st cl. Russell T. Delker 


Clyde Jacobs 
Company L 

■2nd Lieut. Floyd S. Strosnider 


1st cl. William Schwind 

Pvt. William Reid 1 

Sgt. Reed Barnitz 


Harry T. Boyle 

Pvt. Wm. F. Scheideman I 

Sgt. Harry Polinsky 


Thomas J. Cullen 

Pvt. Wm. R. Scheulen 


Corp. Louis R. Berkowitz 


.'\nthonv M. Forsthoffer 

Pvt. Wm. H. Stanley 


Corp. Harry Hahn 


Joseph T. Girmscheid 

Pvt. Milton Stern 1 

Corp. Hugh Moy 


W'alter J. Henderson 

Pvt. Michele N'etrono I 

Pvt. Lst cl. George L. Kelly 


Jonathan E. Morgan 

Pvt. Jesse Wooton 


Pvt. 1st cl. W. R. Schoultz 


William A. Nash 
Company M 

Corp. John H. Ca.stor 


1st cl, Giacomo Moscariello 

Pvt. Harry Hirsch 


Mec. William A. I-rey 


1st cl. Samufj, K. Steev'er 

Pvt. Henry Klew e 


Pvt. 1st cl. Michael J. Joyce 


Ray G. Gilbert 

Pvt. Bernard McGarry 1 

Pvt. 1st cl. Adolph Kurmin 


Otto E. Grigull 

Pvt. Daniel F. Toolan 1 

Headquarters Company 

Sgt. W1U.1AM H. Carroll 


1st cl. John A. Eisele 

Pvt. Joseph Haines 

Sgt. Paul B. Jenkins 


1st cl. Charles A. Ke.\ting 
ichine Gun Company 

Pvt. Walter J. West 

Cai'T. Joseph G. Duncan Jr. 


Ja.mes W. McCartney 

P\T. Elton N. Reid 

Sgt. Robert P. Black 


Clerk Maurer 

Pvt. John Q. Robb 

Sgt. Howard Hoesle 


Harry W. Mitchell 

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Supply Company 

Wag. Theodore Carro 

Wag. William P. Cotter 
Medical Detachment 

Wag. Jesse W. Soby 

First. Lieut. William F. Craic 

Died of Wounds 

Company A 

Pvt. Richard Owen 

PvT. 1st cl. Chas. J. Dougherty 

Pvt. John Heineman 

Pvt. William Welker 

Company B 

First Sgt. Philip G. Melick 
Corp. Howard C. Bainbridge 
Corp. Leroy B. Hinton 
Corp. Ronald H. McCaughey 

Pvt. Lloyd C. Baughmann 
Pvt. Arthur M. Brion 
Pvt. Walter Durieu 
Pvt. David Gollmer 

Pvt. William W. Herrman 
Pvt. Thomas Ianuzzi 
Pvt. Harrison Lever 
Pvt. Sam Silvestri 

Pvt. Blaine Barshinger 

Company C 

Bugler Edward L. Archer 
Pvt. Joseph Cherry 
Pvt. Robert D. Cook 

Pvt. Frank W. Corbett 
Pvt. Guiseppe Di Benedetto 
Pvt. Joseph Lewis 

Company D 


Company E 

Pvt. Clifton W. Tibbels 
Pvt. Theodore Tiedeken 


First Lieut. Edgar J. Eyler 
Corp. William B. Hughes 
Pvt. John J. Coen 

Pvt. James M. Gibson 
Pvt. Edward Huss 
Pvt. Ira B. Righter 

Company F 

Pvt. Frank Scheid 

Pvt. Harry Schmalenbercer 

Corp. Mitchell Sargen 
Mec. James S. Ross 

Pvt. Carl J. .Albrecht 
Pvt. Tho.mas T. Bray 

Company G 

Pvt. John \\'. Manning 
Pvt. Pail G. Schneider 


2nd Lieut. Herman D. Partsch Pvt. 1st cl. Peter J. Conway Pvt. Gioachinno Spagnuola ■ 
Sgt. William J. Lyshon Pvt. Panteleone Cramsta Pvt. Max A. Trumpa ■ 
Corp. William M. Smith Pvt. Kenneth A. MacKenziePvt. Richard B. Ward ■ 

Company H 

First Lieut. George N. Althouse 

Corp. Charles McCauley 


Company I 

■ I 


Pvt. Raymond Bolte 
Pvt. Stephen Michalski 

Pvt. Harry Sandrow 
Pvt. Herman P. Saylor 

Company K 

Pvt. James White 

I . f Sgt. John M. Ross 

1 ' 

Pvt. 1st cl. Joseph A. Coyle 
Company L 

Pvt. William A. Nichols 

PvT. Charles Frank 
PvT. JoHX Halbig 

Pvt. Maury Liederman 
Pvt. Charles H. Reichert 

Pvt. Michael A. Stieflein 

Company M 

Corp. Joseph "M. Heelings 

Corp. Charles C. Hugan 

Pvt. 1st cl. Alexander Friedel 

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The 515 th Infant^ry 


Headquarters Company 

Corp. Earnest Stead Pvt. Wiliur Hoeltzel Pvt. Thomas Malloy 
PvT. 1st cl. Walter E. Lambs Pvt. Norris B. Mentz 

.Machine (Jun Company 

2nd Lieut. James F. Dei.aney Pvt. 1st cl. John A. .Millard Pvt. 1st cl. Frank IT. Parker 

Supply Company 


Medical Detachment 


Died of Accident or Disease 

Company A 

Mec. John Herrman Pvt. Edward J. Cantz Pvt. Frank Kister 

Pvt. 1st CL. John J. Crone Pvt. Frank Fo.\ Pvt. .Vrthur T. IMcCrory 

Pvt. 1st CL. DavidJ. Douuherty Pvt. Joseph A. Hughes Pvt. Charles G. Murphy 

Company B 

Pvt. Samuel George Pvt. Jonathan Kra.mer Pvt. Charles H. Shide 

Company C 

First Sgt. Hugh H. MacUonald Pvt. La whence I-". Callahan Pvt. Daniel Lee 
Corp. Edward V. Maher Pvt. .Angelo Consorte Pvt. Pasquale Schiavo 
Corp. George A. Wolfe Pvt. Elmer W. Fickeis.sen Pvt. Edward A. Smith 
Pvt. John J. Burke 

Company D 

Corp. Paul M. Hermann Pvt. Lst cl. Eari.e G. Hilton Pvt. Michael G. Schoenhoi.z 
Corp. Howard C. Keiper Pvt. Walter F. Scheible Pvt. Edwin D. Spare 
Corp. Joseph L. McKee 

Company E 


Company F 

Pvt. James McCutcheon 

Company G 

Pvt. Howard R. Duncan Pvt. Ciias. H. Herchenruier Pvt. George B. Rath 

Company H 


Company I 

Pvt. 1st cl. .-Vniirew W. Mayer Pvt. I'kederic Rosenblath 
Pvt. Pietro Cerune P\ t. W'ilijam '1". White 

Company K 

Sgt. Christopher W. Kelly Pvt. 1st cl. Einar S.Hanssen Pvt. 1st cl. Paiior Livingston 

Company L 

Corp. Harry Murphy 

Company M 

Pvt. John H. Lynch 


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Headquarters Company 

]\Iusc. 1st cl. John VV. Stahl Pvt. He.nkv Kkick Pvt. Nicholas Larkixs 
PvT. Frederick Knott Pvt. Fred Wivel 

Machine Gun Company 

Pvt. 1st cl. Edward Hitner Pvt. George R. Lockhart 
Pvt. Harry Herter Pvt. Edwin G. Powell 

Supply Company 

First Lieut. Charles Hyde, Jr. 

Medical Detachment 

Pvt. John T. Thompson 

Missing in Action 

Company A 

Pvt. Joseph Gorski P\'t. Anthony Koinski Pvt. Joseph C. Rice 

Company B 

Pvt. John J. Dalton 

Company C 


Company D 


Company E 


Company F 

Pvt. Jan Citko Pvt. Frank Mauceri Pvt. Harry Smith 

Company G 

Pvt. Carl Ginther 

Company H 

Pvt. Ja.mes Connery Pvt. Earnest A. Stout 
Pvt. Charles Staehle, Jr. Pvt. Stiney Werzebeke 

Company I 


Company K 

Pvt. Bernard Z. Sedlmeyer 

Company L 

Pvt. Charles F. Randall 

Company M 

Pvt. 1st cl. George F. Reedy 

Headquarters Company 


Machine Gun Company 


Supply Company 


Medical Detachment 


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Company C 

PvT. John Fetcho 

Company F 

PvT. Morris E. Glass Pvt. William E. McClain Pvt. Roman A. Wo.tczvnski 1 1 

Company H 


Pvt. Joseph J. Hipp 


Company I 


Corp. Roland B. Cassels 


Company K 


Pvt. l.sT cL. John P. Holden Pvt. 1st cl. Frank Tumasz 


T. Henry W. Switzer 

Company L 

*FiRST Lieut. Theodore Rosen *Pvt. James B. O'Donnell Pvt. .\ 

i;raii\m Supperstone 

Note : Asterisk before name indicates— wownded when captured. 

Wounded in Action 

Field and Staff Officers 

Major Samuel W. Fleming, Jr. Captain 


IE I. Laughlin 

Major Fred W. M.vcL. Patterson First Lieut. 

Robert P. Meily 

Company A 

1st Lieut. James H. Carpenter P\t. Howard M. Christman 


Hubert S. Krieger 

2nd Lieut. Edward J. Schrier P%'T. Harry Dankelman 


William Lytle 

Sgt. Thomas V. Houlihan Pvt. James J. Di.xson 


Enoch McClosky 

Sgt. Edward K. Ketcham Pvt. Benjamin R. Dolan 


Morris J. Mahoney 

Corp. William P. Cheatly Pvt. William E. Dwver 


William Martoski 

Corp. John J. Dillon P\t. Frederick Eichel 


Giovanni Mazzocchetti 

Corp. John N. Horning Pvt. William C. Eichler 


Percy R. Medlicott 

Corp. Robert Marks Pvt. Antonio Frorenza 


William A. Mehler 

Corp. George H. Mowrer Pvt. William C. Galloway 


Daniei. a. Merrigan 

Corp. Edward S. Murphy Pvt. Hagop Gar.\bedian 


John Mink 

Corp. John F. McCann Pvt. Joseph M. Grohol 


Charles V. Mount [ 

Corp. William Schneider Pvt. Walter Halonski 


Abraham Neuren l 

Corp. Charles J. Walde Pvt. Chester A. Harbach 


Albert D. Oliver 

Corp. Benjamin Wentzell Pvt. Edward Hepp 



Mec. William P. Sorrer Pvt. Isidore Horen 


Joseph Ormsby 

Meg. George J. Toomey Pvt. John A. Janshock 


Nester Robochock 

Mec. Joseph Weiss Pvt. Albert J. Jemison 


M. A. RuczKi 

Bugler William P. Bahrenburg Pvt. Harold M. Jordahn 


George Schollenber(^er 

Pvt. 1st cl. Frank H. Acker Pvt. Louis J. Kane 


Elmer E. Scheckler 

Pvt. 1st cl. John J. Duffy P\t. Harry P. Keneskv 


John H. Shultz 

P\T-. 1st cl. Albert J. Winkle Pvt. Frank Kessler 


Charles R. Snyder 

Pvt. Walter Adamceski Pvt. Bernard Kidzon 


William L. Wieder 

Pvt. William J. Albert Pvt. Charles J. Ki.otzuucher 


Elmer F. Zerbe 

Pvt. Oscar J. Bachert Pvt. George Knox 


Joseph Zitomer 

Pvt. Walter L. Biegeman 

Company B 


Captain John V. Bostwick First Lieut. John J. Conahan 


Edward A. Davies i | 

FiR.sT Lieut. Arthur L. Raiians l'nd Lieut. .Austin E. Besancon 


Thomas Dickson 

First Lieut. Ed. L. Journeay Sgt. George E. Brown 


Joseph Fitzgerald 

First Lieut. Benj. H. Pollock Sgt. Eugene M. Buckley 


Charles H. Lynn 

First Lieut. Lester C. Shearer Sgt. William J. Clair 


Charles Reinhardt 


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515th Inkant^ry | 

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Sgt. Edward Welsh 

Pvt. 1st cl. John Veight 


James C. Lonabaugh 

Corp. Arthur E. Alker 

Pvt. Joseph Bagdasarian 


Allen J. Loomis 

Corp. Alexander Bailey 

Pvt. Howard Bergmann 


James J. McClay 

Corp. Benjamin Blair 

Pvt. Jacob Birnbaum 


Vincenty Markarewicz 

Corp. Frank Bohrer 

Pvt. George J. Censky 


Leroy Morrison 

Corp. Norman Bowers 

Pvt. Antonio Del Sordo 


Harvey Nobles 

Corp. William E. Devine 

Pvt. Fred J. Dorfus 


MvER Padolsky 

Corp. James Drum cool, Jr. 

Pvt. Peter F. Draugel 


Emil Pandolfini 

Corp. Joseph Edgar 

Pvt. Sarkis Dividian 


Harry C. Preine 

Corp. William J. Killian 

Pvt. Charles T. Feyhl 


Harry J. Quinn 

Corp. Theodore S. Lauer 

Pvt. Samuel Garmisa 


Frank Richardson 

Corp. John Mayer 

Pvt. Raffaele Genitempo 


Sidney D. Richmond 

Corp. Francis C. Nolan 

Pvt. Harry F. Ford 



Corp. George Parkin 

Pvt. Charles H. Harley 


John B. Simonton 

Corp. Frederick Paul 

Pvt. Grover C. Harrison 


Graham Stevenson 

Corp. James P. Quinn 

Pvt. Floyd Y. Hawthorne 


Norman J. Stevenson 

Corp. David I. Scanlon 

Pvt. Adam Hoffmayer 


Roy S. Stidham 

Corp. Louis C. Ziegert 

Pvt. Harry Hurst 


RosARio Valeric 

Mec. Thomas F. Cassedy 

Pvt. Warren M. Leeser 


John M. Wallace 

Mec. Harry W. Tibbins 

Pvt. Jacob Levindefski 


Marshall Willingham 

Pvt. 1st cl. Chas. J. Batzel 

Pvt. Clarence A. Littlefield Pvt. 

John Wittko 

Pvt. 1st cl. Edward Johnson 

Company C 

Captain Chas. M. Tilghman 

Pvt. Alun W. Davies 


Herman Ott 

First Sgt. Joseph A. Conway 

Pvt. Germ a no De Meo 



Sgt. George J. Ambacher 

Pvt. Charles Donaghue 


William H. Ralph 

Sgt. Francis S. Carey 

Pvt. Victor J. Donohue 


Charles V. Reardon 

Sgt. George R. Thompson 

Pvt. Ralph D. Dundore 


William W. Ridenour 

[ Sgt. Cornelius C. Walter 

Pvt. John F. Flail 


Edward P. Schimpf 

! Corp. Philip Corrado 

Pvt. Joseph Fogel 


Henry F. Schroeder 

Corp. William Frey 

Pvt. Hyman Gell 


Chester F. Schwall i 

Corp. Clayton W. Groff 

Pvt. Enrico Giaquinto 



Corp. Lelon E. Lednum 

Pvt. Hugh J. Glennon 


Godfrey Siegrist 

1 Corp. Samuel N. Lowey 

Pvt. Alfred A. Gordon 


Harry F. Simon 

Corp. Edwin R. McQuay 

Pvt. William C. Grauer 


Frank P. Sirvault 

Corp. Joseph H. Rieger 

Pvt. James C. Hartman 


John C. Spencer 

Corp. James C. Spurry 

Pvt. Harry A. Herbst 


Frederick Steffens 

Corp. Joseph H. Tinney 

Pvt. Howard J. Hoffman 


Frank B. Steiner 

Corp. Harry J. Walsh 

Pvt. Martin Jessee 


Andrew Stonage 

Pvt. 1st cl. Frank H. Buck 

Pvt. William F. Keck 


Joseph F. Tracy 

Pvt. 1st cl. John McKay 

Pvt. Michael J. Lawler 


Charles J. Turner 

Pvt. 1st cl. Edward E. O'Neil 

Pvt. Frank A. Leinincer 


Boleslay Uminski 

Pvt. Antonio Alteri 

Pvt. Harry J. Lentz 


John L'rbanowicz 

Pvt. Charles J. Bauer 

Pvt. Jacob S. Levine 


Perry Vassailiades 

Pvt. John Blouchogk 

Pvt. Edward J. MacKenzie 


Michael D. Vicchia 

Pvt. Charles W. Brey 

Pvt. Ray H. Malick 


Chris Vogel 

Pvt. Carlino Calogero 

Pvt. Harry C. Mandell 


Henry Wennmacher 

Pvt. Cesare Capone 

Pvt. Walter Manning 


Walter A. Wickstrom 

Pvt. Francesco Ceromi 

Pvt. Cesare Michel 


Albert F. Wiedmann 

Pvt. Stanley Chesko 

Pvt. William A. Millheim 


Theodore H. Wirbatz 

Pvt. Harry D. Cotner 

Pvt. Donato Orlando 
Company D 


Antonus J. Zukauskas 

First Lieut. Lawson G. Bash 

Corp. Richard C. Larson 


1st cl. Elwood L. Clark 

First Lieut. F. A. Van Horn 

Corp. Pasquale Panichelli 


1st cl. Chas. H. Clifton 

2nd Lieut William R. Mease 

Corp. Edward Retn 


1st cl. Chris. J. Hartman 

2nd Lieut. S. F. Williams 

Corp. Joseph F. Smith 


1st cl. Oral R. McCleery 

Sgt. Robert F. Dawson 

Corp. Louis L. Warren 


1st cl. Alfred A. Nagler 

Sgt. Robert H. Gallien 

Corp. James Young 


1st cl. Warren L. Stroud 

Sgt. Jerome B. Levi 

Cixik Charles P. Macaltley 


1st cl. William Talarico 

Sgt. Domenico Pescrilli 

Mec. Samuel McKown (2) 


Willie C. Adams 

Sgt. Everett W. Wanner 

Pvt. 1st cl. W. I. Beringer 


Joseph Adelman 


Corp. Ellwood L. Kerkeslagee 

Pvt. 1st cl. Joseph J. Bulkes 


Marshall S. Agnew 

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\\()L'XDi:D IN .\CTI()X 



.Alva L. Gorrei.l 


M.VRio Ricci 

PvT. George W. Haumert 

1 vt. 

\'V I Li.i A .M Han sofs k y 


Robert C. Richards 

PvT. William Bradley 


Frank Hartman 


Henry H. Robbins 

PvT. Walter E. Rreese 


Henry G. Hoffman 


Harry Rubenstein 1 

PvT. Willie Birch 


Samuel F. Kastner 


Albert Ryan 

PvT. William R. Butler 


John J. Keirnan 


Sa.muel J. Savlor 

PvT. Samlel Calloway 


Edward Kroll 


Louis Sinacore 

PvT. Patrick Comer 


^L\IK Kruk 


Walter T. Smith 

PvT. Frank H. C(X)I'er 


Charles Lake 


Dethridge Snead 



Ignatz Lochrofski 


Albert E. Stevens 

PvT. Frank Counterman 


Joseph Loiterstein 


Charles Taylor 

PvT. Demetry Dacek 


John ^L\URo 


Robert B. Thompson , 

PvT. Antonio Di Placiimi 


Edward J. Moran 



PVT. Irvine Eversole 


Carl M. Muhlschi.egel 


Earl Van Why ' ' 

PvT. Morris Fei.dman 


Walter H. Nieber 


Richard H. Watts 

PvT. Frank A. Fitzceraiu 


Dennis O'Connor 


Samuel Weiseman 

PvT. Thomas I*. Fitzgerald 


Oscar .A. Olson 


Herbert R. Wiu.iams 

PvT. Cash W. Forbus 


David Polakof 


William Zink 

PvT. Rhea B. French 


Dayton Preeley 


Nicholas Zywno 


PvT. Merwin C. Fuss 


Morris Rabinowitz 


Company E 

Sot. James A. Granahan 


Charles A. Chamberlain 


Peter J. ^Lviuire 

Corp. Oscar G. Callem 


Charles .A. Dougherty 


Oliver Mills 

Corp. Benedict Conroy' 


Leroy Dubbs 


Thomas A. O'Brien 

Corp. Thomas J. Dawson 


Thomas J. Esbensen 


William R. O'Hea 

Corp. Roisert Epstein 


Joseph M. Fairo 


Thomas C. O'Neil 

Corp. .Alexander Kun 


Willi.\m F'ierick 


Domenico Petrisino 

Corp. John F. Lynch 


Morris Goldstein 


Joseph Pines 


Corp. Walter C. Meyers 


Jacob P. Goshorn 


Charles Placido 


Corp. Herbert J. O'Connor 


Charles J. GuiE 


John J. Powers 


Corp. William J. Scott 


William C. Hanna 


Elmer L. Ritchie 


Corp. Frederick G. Wilue 


John Herron 


Samuel A. Robb 


Mech. Thomas J. Powers 


Hugh F. Jones 


William Rowen | | 

Bugler Joseph A. Nichols 


Charles J. Kane 


Edward A. Smith 

PvT. 1st. cl. Harry P. Wev.% 

ANN Pvt. 

Edward B. Kary 


Isidore Smith 

PvT. 1st cl. Ernest P. Wid.m 

AiER Pvt. 

Charles J. Knoeffle 


John F. Sweeney 

PvT. Clarence J. Anderson 


Peter Lazowski 


Michael Varley 

PvT. Raffaele -Avato 


John Lopiepero 


Michael Weigand 

PvT. William H. Broighton 


John W. McGahie 


Patrick Wynne 

PvT. William J. Birke 

Company F 

Sct. Lloyd L. Klein 


Charles F. Deeney 


James Pagliaro 

Sgt. Reuben Master 


Albert T. Dick 


Ben W. Powers 

Sct. Onello Raimo 


Thomas S. Donahue 


John R.wva 

Corp. George A. Harbau(;ii 


RoscoE D. Ealy 


Carroll Roshon 

Corp. George .\. Harrini^ton 


Julius Goldberg 


Mike Rutkofski 

Corp. Harry E. Keefrider 


Thomas J. Grogan 


Edgar Scott 

Corp. Charles W. Palardy 




Wii.LiA.M Shields 

Corp. Zygmunt Slusarczyk 


Philip -\. Jacobv 


Frank J. Smith 

Corp. Harry A. Walsh 


Edward V. Kelly 


Peter Sopagee 

Corp. Philip B. White 


Frederick L. Krauss 


Charles Stohrer 

Bugler Francis Graff 


Patru K L. Le.miy 


Ernest A. Steudle 

PvT. John .Adolph 


William Lumpp 


Joseph Thomas 



Thomas H. McCool 


Gaetano Tommaso 

PvT. Leo C. Bi.ickley 


William J. McMahon 


Thomas F. Treacy 

PvT. Leopold Bodaich 


Vincent Martines 


SoTiRios Verras 

PvT. Thiofoi.os B<k;ianges 


George Max 


Gustavo Virgini 

PvT. Edward J. Bullock 




Burton Watters 

PvT. Bortolo Coletti 


Henry F. Ney 

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Company R 

Captain Earle C. Offinger 


1st cl. George Lucas 

Pvt. James McHale 

First Sgt. Lamar D. Rice 


1st cl. Salvatore PerciaPvt. Nathan Minders || 

Sgt. John E. Fallon 


1st cl. LeRoY p. SHARADI^ 

Pvt. James Murphy 

Sgt. Patrick J. Lynn 


1st cl. H. W. Thomas 

Pvt. William C. Murray 

Sgt. Peter McHtgh 


John L. Ackley 

Pvt. James L. O'Donnell 

Sgt. Carl E. Olson 


William Allen 

Pvt. Ray E. Parker 

Sgt. Charles F. Wahl 


James F. Clancy 

Pvt. James Pinto 

Corp. Theodosis Demetris 


Stiney' Daniel 

Pvt. Timothy A. Reardon 

Corp. Mellor Dunkerly 


William DeFebba 

Pvt. John Rosso 

Corp. John C. Evans 


Capriele Di Michele 

Pvt. Thomas Rowe 

Corp. Roger A. Foley 


Walter Fox 

Pvt. Martin ,A. Sadlier 

Corp. William J. Frasch 


Samuel Gabralovich 

Pvt. Edward H. Schroeder 

Corp. Eugene Griffin 


William Gallaun 

Pvt. Joseph Sempeto 

Corp. Howard M. Jacobs 


Harry C. Glattle 

Pvt. Didore Shuster 

Corp. George McCool 


Christopher Hannon 

Pvt. Harry R. Smith 

Corp. James Moucheck 


ViRGiE Head 

Pvt. Benjamin Sutter 

Corp. Oscar M. Nelson 


Kitt C. Hughes 

Pvt. Santo Trolio 

Corp. Myer Pressman 


Angelo Ioannucci 

Pvt. Chas. R. Van Iderstine 

Corp. James Redmond 


Albinus N. Jesperson 

Pvt. Cicero Waites 

Corp. Loris L Rosen 


Leonard L. Joseph 

Pvt. Lloyd C. Ward 

Corp. Charles J. Soderlund 


Herbert E. Ken worthy 

Pvt. William J. Weiland 

Mec. William Jaeger 


John J. Leahy 

Pvt. Frank E. Witt 

PvT. 1st cl. Nicholas Di Stefano 


Oscar Levine 

Pvt. Otto Zeibig 

PvT. 1st cl. William B. Hughes 

Company H 

First Lieut. James S. McKeon 


John J. Berrigan 

Pvt. Sam Miller 

Sgt. Michael Connolly' 


Oscar F. Boehner 

Pvt. William Monter 

Sgt. David Kolinsky 


Hugo F. Bruder 

Pvt. Elmer E. Most 

Sgt. Carl C. Lenz 


William Buchter 

Pvt. Francesco Natuzzi 

Sgt. Joseph W. Orbell 


Benjamin F. Childs 

Pvt. Harry Nefsky 

Corp. Robert E. Blessing 


Henry Faller 

Pvt. William O'Connell 

Corp. Earl W. Bradley 


George W. Franc k 

Pvt. Virgil Overton 

Corp. William J. Henry 


William E. Gee 

Pvt. Maciej Paluh 

Corp. Walter V. McConeghy 


Meyer Goodfriend 

Pvt. Peter W. Poda 

Corp. John J. McGuinness 


John R. Gregerson 

Pvt. George E. Rambo 

Corp. John J. McLaughlin 


Joseph F. Grimaldi 

Pvt. Joseph Rietz (2) 

Corp. Harry S. Podolnick 


Joseph J. Hipp 

Pvt. Morris Rosenblum 

Corp. Henry Sunderman 


Gabe Hughes 

Pvt. Joseph Sanzone 

Corp. Walter J. Tyson 


Jack Indenbaum 

Pvt. Pietro Scarpinato 

PvT. 1st cl. Harry E. Case 


Benjamin Isaacson 

Pvt. Barney Scirica 

Pvt. 1st cl. John J. Deeney 


Clark V. Jacobs 

Pvt. John F. Schebler 

PvT. 1st cl. Niel Gallagher 


Christ F. Kiefer 

Pvt. John Skachilish 

Pvt. 1st cl. Adolph C, Grimmer 


Joseph F. Kohlman 

Pvt. Morris L. Sperling 

Pvt. Lst cl. Thomas J. Jones 


William F. Koster 

Pvt. Albert Steinhauser 

Pvt. 1st cl. William Lentine 


Walter Kowalski 

Pvt. George J. Storz 

Pvt. 1st cl. Samuel D. Lindeman 


George V. Krombach 

Pvt. Elwood Stremmel 

Pvt. 1st cl. Thomas J. McCarthy 


Frank A. Kuntz 

Pvt. Wm. H. Sundermann 

Pvt. 1st cl, Vincenzo Mammucari 


Harry Labold 

Pvt. Boleslaw Swickla 

Pvt. 1st cl. Edward C. Moran 


Gustave J. Langen 

Pvt. Samuel T. Truss 

Pvt. 1st cl. William W. Williams Pvt. 

Antonio Lai'danski 

Pvt. John A. LIlrich 

Pvt. 1st cl. Thomas S. Wylegala 


Samuel Lichtenstein 

Pvt. Flori Valento 

Pvt. James A. Abruzzi 


Frank A. Maguire 

Pvt. Charles Waiting 

Pvt. Oscar F. Alben 


Nickolas Maicher 

Pvt. Frank Walker 

Pvt. Charles F. Bates 


Michael Mala 

Pvt. John I. Westerberg 

Pvt. Niel K. Bech 


William Michalkiewicz Pvt. Peter Yager | | 

Pvt. Abe Berman 

Company I 

First Lieut. Orson J. Graham 


Arthur J. Curning 

Sgt. Charles H. Peck 

First Lieut. William B. Dodson 


Peter J. McFarland 

Sgt. Elmer J. Smith 

2nd Lieut. Ira N. Kellberg 


Harry J. McGeoghegan 

Sgt. Herbert H. Williams 


Sgt. Raymond A. Block 


Henry A. Miller 

Sgt. Theron M. Woolson 

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CoRi\ William E. Cassedy 

PvT. 1st cl. Charles Farrells 

Pvt. Carmine I.mperiale 

Corp. Clarence S. Cecil 

P\'T. 1st cl. John F. Gu.mbman 

Pvt. Guy E. Kaufmann 

Corp. George V. Cummincs 

PvT. 1st cl. Jacob Haun 

Pvt. Adam Knecum 

Corp. James Doyle 

Pvt. 1st cl. Charles Schuon 

Pvt. Frank Kossakowski 

Corp. James H. Farrell 

PvT. 1st cl. Leo N. Staskel 

Pvt. Frank Kwasneski 

Corp. Frederic R. Gillen 

PvT. 1st cl. James C. Suloff 

Pvt. John Lebitske 

Corp. .\uclst J. Heusser 

PvT. 1st cl. Pasquale Tomeo 

Pvt. Peter McBride 

Corp. Rcssell Kern 

PvT. 1st cl. Rudolph Trinkwai.dPvt. Francis McGahan 

Corp. Charles Kloth 

PvT. 1st cl. Joseph J. Witsch 

Pvt. Joseph P. Marro 

Corp. Henry F. Krai'se 

Pvt. 1st cl. Daniel Woods 

Pvt. Morris Meaca 

Corp. Hamilton H. McCleery 

Pyt. John M. Bevan 

Pvt. Aaron Miselson 

Corp. Ravmonii .-X. Miller 

Pvt. Edward Burguess 

P\'T. Herbert H. Ochs 

Corp. William F. Mullen 

Pvt. John Carroll 

Pvt. Harry F. Ogden 

Corp. Thomas F. Patterson 

Pvt. Vertal Caton 

Pvt. Thomas H. Reese 

Corp. James J. Reid 

Pvt. David Crawford 

Pvt. John J. Robbins 

Corp. J.iimes W. Rogers 

Pvt. Robert Crompie 

Pvt. Luciano Salemi 

Corp. James Sloan 

Pvt. Michele D'.Aulerio 

Pvt. Carl Schneeweis 

Corp. Walter Snyder 

Pvt. Herman F. Dahlgren 

Pvt. Frederic Schmitt 

Corp. Loiis Trapp 

Pvt. Edward S. Deemer 

Pvt. Walter Sherw(X)d 

Mec. Robert .Anderson 

Pvt. Walter C. Domhoff 

PVt. Laurits C. Sorenson 

Mec. Ja.mes G. Coon 

Pvt. Marvin English 

Pvt. Sylve P. Siravo 

Mec. Harry F. Dwyer 

Pvt. O.scar Erickson 

Pvt. Walter Staniszewski 

Mec. John S. McIntyre 

Pvt. Emil J. Ehrle 

Pvt. Samuel D. Strain 

Mec. .A. Pearson 

Pvt. .Arthur Fletcher 

Pvt. -Alfonso Tedischi 

Mec. Edward R. Trout 

Pvt. Charles Gruhn 

Pvt. James A. L'lrich 


Pvt. Joseph H inkle 

Pvt. John A. West 

PvT. 1st cl. Salvatore Checchia 

Pvt. Charles Hock 
Company K 

Captain George P. Scholes 

Corp. William J. Vondran 

Pvt. Sam Fuhrman 

2nd Lieut. Ernest V. Becker 

Mec. Marion G. Blizzard 

Pvt. Joseph Gabriel 

1st Sgt. Joseph F. Kilroy 

Mec. Robert J. McKenna (2) 

Pvt. Richard B. Gillis 

Sgt. George G. Bewley 

Mec. Nathan M. Pollack 

Pvt. Maurice F. Ging 

Sgt. Thomas F. Clvnes 

Pvt. 1st cl. Waclaw Balerowski 

Pvt. Fred J. Gramsey 

Sgt. Joseph F. Cumiskey 

Pvt. 1st cl. William S. Birnie 

Pvt. .Alexander Halgas 

Sgt. James M. Garrish 

Pvt. 1st cl. Harry J. Bernstein 

Pvt. Douglass Heller ' 

Sgt. William L. Jenkins 

Pvt. 1st cl. Hugh Blair 

Pvt. Edward C. Hoover 

Sgt. Louis Knudsen 

Pvt. 1st cl. Clifford S. BuckleyPvt. John H. Horn 

Sgt. Francis .A. McCloskey 

Pvt. 1st cl. James A. Clark 

Pvt. John Kiesling, Jr. 

Sgt. Maxwell McMichael 

Pvt. 1st cl. William Clothier 

Pvt. George A. Leetch 

Sgt. .Arthur W. Olanson 

P\T. 1st cl. Eugene Deelev 

Pvt. Harry S. Lennox 

Sgt. Joseph D. O'Toole 

Pvt. 1st cl. Stanley Dia.mond 

Pvt. James P. Leonard 

Sgt. Louis A. Seese 

Pvt. 1st cl. Mahlon T. Foust 

Pvt. Paul Lerke 

Sgt. Matthew Sydlowski 

Pvt. 1st cl. W'illiam T. GregoryPvt. James McGinnis 

Sgt. Clifford T. Weihman 

Pvt. 1st cl. George E. Hile 

Pvt. John P. McHuch 

Corp. Francis E. Duffy 

Pvt. 1st cl. H. A. Hollings 

Pvt. William McLehose 

Corp. William P. Flynn 

Pvt. 1st cl. Wm. P. Kennedy 

Pvt. John J. Maresca i 

Corp. Ben W. Hoi.ub 

Pvt. 1st cl. Frederick P. Kuhn 

Pvt. John M. Mariner 

Corp. Fred Huenerfauth 

Pvt. 1st cl. C. T. Kuykendall 

Pvt. Joseph Marino 

Corp. Joseph B. Hursh, Jr. 

Pvt. Isi CL. }L\rry H. Losee 

Pvt. Joseph Marino ' 

Corp. William Klais, Jr. 

Pvt. 1st cl. Harry J. Lynd 

Pvt. Giovanni Marr.\ 

Corp. .Augustus P. Lord, Jr. 

Pvt. 1st cl. Walter Mc.Arthir 

Pvt. John E. O'Neil 

Corp. Harry Marshall 

Pi-T. 1st cl. p. H. McGeever 

Pvt. William Richards 

Corp. Louis Milligan 

Pvt. 1st cl. Romer B. Markle 

Pvt. Bronislaw Rotnowicz 

Corp. John O'Donnell 

Pvt. 1st cl. Antonio Moscufo 

Pvt. Fred Rufrano 

Corp. Oscar M. Oliker 

Pvt. 1st cl. John H. Rice 

P^■T. Eugene H. Shaw 

Corp. N.\than Salvin 

Pvt. 1st cl. John M. Steger 

Pvt. Francis Urbanis 

Corp. Chester C. Schuyler 

Pvt. Frank Czarnecki 

Pvt. Harry W'allace 

Corp. Jacob Snyder 

Pvt. Russell Diehl 

Pvt. Harry C. Wilkins 

Corp. Theodore Sweriduk 

Pvt. Ignacy Dvbalski 

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I — •^- 


Captain Francis A. Awl Buc 

First Lieut. John T. Ford Pvt. 
First Lieut. George S. Freeman Pvt. 

First Sgt. Charles E. Weir Pvt. 

Supply Sgt. Carl A. Oesterle Pvt. 
Supply Sgt. George W. Weaver P\'t. 

Sgt. Emil F. Beck. Jr. Pvt. 

Sgt. Ellvvood Carmean Pvt. 

Sgt. Patrick Dolan Pvt. 

Sgt. Arthur G. Jones Pvt. 

Sgt. David Levine Pvt. 

Sgt. James V. McGarr Pvt. 

Sgt. jAcon C. Radel Pvt. 

Sgt. Joseph M. Tinsman Pvt. 

Corp Nicola Bionti Pvt. 

Corp. John A. Brannelly Pvt. 

Corp. Cornelius Breslin P\t. 

Corp. Rembert T. Eds all Pvt. 

Corp. Abraham Frankel Pvt. 

Corp. William J. Huttner Pvt. 

Corp. Richard L. LeFevre Pvt. 

Corp. Henry W. Loveless Pvt. 

Corp. Hugh H. McCormick Pvt. 

Corp. John J. McMonagle Pvt. 

Corp. John P. Murray Pvt. 

Corp. James S. O'Donnell Pvt. 

Corp. Otto F. Stegmaier Pvt. 

Corp. Mataus I^nchis Pvt. 

Corp. Charles F. West Pvt. 

Corp. George Zeumer Pvt. 

Mec. James H. Cowan Pvt. 

Mec. Edmund H. Schneider Pvt. 

Mec. George A. Spahn Pvt. 

Bugler Leonardo Massetti Pvt. 



Company L 

LER Charles S. Pleasants Pvt. 

1st cl. Frank J. Beck Pvt. 

1st cl. Aloysius J. Duffy Pvt. 

1st cl. Carl F. Ehmann Pvt. 
1st cl. James A. HaldemanPvt. 

1st cl. Edmund C. Heyne Pvt. 
1st cl. Charles W. Hckx. 
1st cl. Tony Kardas 
1st cl. Jos. L. Kleinhans 

1st cl. Wm. J. O'TtXlLE 

1st cl. Natan Ptashkan 
IsTCL. Sarafin Pucalowski 
1st cl. Robert M. Reed 
1st cl. Charles P. Ripa 
1st cl. George Ruderick 
1st cl. Julian H. Salomon P\t. 
1st cl. Chas. E. Stewart Pvt. 




R(3CC0 Alba NO 
William F. Ale 
Natale Ardissono 
John A. Bosnick (2) 
William J. Bradley 
George C. Brothers 
Eduardo Carrulo 
Frank Castiglione 
Walter F. Cavanaugh 
Francis R. Coyne 
John Engei. 
Louis Esterhai 
Elmer J. Evans 
Stefano Franceshini 
John J. Gill 
Hugh P. Gormley 
William J. Gregory 

Alphons H. Helmig 
Fred R. Hensling 
Jacob Kees 
Samuel Kivitz 
Charles F. Lieb 
Michael A. Liebovvitz 


Hugh J. McFadden 
William T, Murphy 
Harry L. Newton 
William Nickles 
GEOR(iE H. Noll 
John J. Oestrich 
William Paslev ' 
Michael Popp 
Bernhardt Rausch 
Stiney J. Savakus 
Gedialla Scheinfeld 
Harry Schill 
Peter C. Schindler 
Louis C. Schnitzler 
John H. Schulden 
Samuel Sczerbicky 
Louis H. See 
Samuel C. Segal 
Charles E. Siggins 
O.scar W. Spear 
Edward J. Springer 
George E. Stein 
Bernard Stern 
Ed. M. Stephenson 
Joseph Szahewicz 
James C. Yesuras 
Fred Youst 

I .^ 

Captain Wilton Snowden. Jr. Pvt. 

First Lieut. Cari. W. Andrews Pvt. 

First Lieut. Henry D. Fansler Pvt. 

First Lieut. Harry D. Furey Pvt. 

First Lieut. Lloyd B. Palmer Pvt. 

Mess Sgt. Edward P. Hill Pvt. 

Sgt. Edward Gallagher Pvt. 

Sgt. Frederick G. Silber Pvt. 

Sgt. Joseph A. Vanarsdale Pvt. 

Corp. John Barrett Pvt. 

Corp. Clayton E. Bordner Pvt. 

Corp. Thomas C. Catanach Pvt. 

Corp. John J. Collins Pvt. 

Corp. Henry A. Cotter Pvt. 

Corp. John A. Doody Pvt. 

Corp. Felix Flegel Pvt. 

Corp. Thomas A. Kelley Pvt. 

Corp. Patrick M. McKearney Pvt. 

Corp. McKeever J. Phillips Pvt. 

Corp. Cecil A. Potts Pvt. 

Corp. Daniel F. Wookey Pvt. 

Cook Alfred D. Carson Pvt. 

Mec. Vivian Rutherford Pvt. 

Pvt. 1st cl. Trofim Drega Pvt. 

Pvt. 1st cl. John Gaiiris Pvt. 

Pvt. 1st cl. H allie H. Hartman Pvt. 
Pvt. 1st cl. John King 

Company M 

1st cl. Albert W. Lord Pvt. 

1st cl. Cristofaro Masciole Pvt. 

1st cl. Donato Masciole Pvt. 

1st cl. Giuseppe Militti Pvt. 

1st cl. Achilles V. Scache Pvt. 

1st cl. Wm. E. Shubert Pvt. 

1st cl. Alex. Skulimosky Pvt. 

Joseph H. Barton Pvt. 

Isaac L. Bedwell Pvt. 

Harry M. Berlin Pvt. 

David J. Bowman Pvt. 

Charles F. Brownstein Pvt. 

John S. Bueeeis Pvt. 

James Burns Pvt. 

Joseph P. Byrne Pvt. 

Nugino Crechio Pvt. 

Francis P. Donnelly Pvt. 

Dennis J. Gilmore Pvt. 

Floyd H. Green Pvt. 

Vincent S. Hanna Pvt. 

Harry Hauptfuhrer Pvt. 

William Hayes Pvt. 

Charles F. Hevener Pvt. 

Edward F. Hocan Pvt. 

Frank Holmes Pvt. 

Frank Johnson Pvt. 


Julian Krasnicki 
James B. Logan 
Raymond E. Louden 
John F. McGlynn 
Robert Martinek 
Joseph Meskiunas 
Louis J. Miller 


Do.MENICO Pagliarone 
Harry Place 
Robert A. Reith 
Mitchell L. Robertson 
Otto W. Salo 
Harry W. Senderling 
Louis J. Seybold 
Frank Sinardi 
Albert A. Smith 
George Staigele 
Lawrence F. Stewart 
Harry B. Thrush 
Ezra Tolchinsky 
Harry S. Tomlin.son 
Samuel Weiss 
William J. Whalen 
Henry T. Williamson 

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woumji:d ix action 


Headquarters Company 

First Lieut. Edward B. Macuire 

Pvt. 1st cl. John F. Kremutes 

Pvt. .Andrea Innaurato 

First Lieut. Ritssell ^L\VlI.LARD 

Pvt. 1st cl. John Leamey 

Pvt. Samuel Kosmin 

Bn. Sct. Mjk. .•\nthony Davitt 

Pvt. 1st cl. George .^. Mulvey 

Pvt. George Kraemer 

Sct. Bernard F. Sweeney 

Pvt. 1st cl. Ralph Peters 

Pvt. Valentine A. Laufer 

Corp. Charles J. Keller 

Pvt. 1st cl. Edward M. Reese 

Pvt. William McGlynn 

Corp. John F. McCann 

Pvt. 1st cl. Alvin Rutter 

Pvt. Frank L. McGrath 

Corp. Harry G. C. Williams 

Pvt. Harry T. Althofer 

Pvt. Frederick P. Morgan 

Wag. John B. Dempsev 

Pvt. Horace Bumm 

Pvt. .•\lbert H. Pfafk 

Pvt. 1st cl. Harry H. Boi.and 

Pvt. Anthony Clapper 

Pvt. John A. Quinn 

PvT. IsT CL. Robert H. Davis 

Pvt. Todd A. Crofford 

Pvt. Herbert Smith 

Pvt. 1st cl. Edwin M. Donohoe 

Pvt. Charles G. Dewees 

Pvt. Louis J. Trueter 

Pvt. 1st cl. Chester A. Fasick 

Pvt. John Friel 

Pvt. William Wagner 

Pvt. 1st cl. Joseph J. Friday 

Pvt. Clyde Hahn 

Pvt. Thomas Walker 

Pvt. 1st cl. John Garraty 

P\'T. Roland K. Hamilton 

Pvt. Charles J. Wicker 

Pvt. 1st cl. Patrick R. Griffin 

Pvt. Adolph E. Horan 

Pvt. William R. Wilson 

Pvt. 1st cl. John C. Groome 

Pvt. William Hunt 
Machine Gun Company 

Pvt. George Wood 

First Lieut. David M. Wallace 

Pvt. 1st cl. Joseph Curran 

Pvt. Charles H. Leib 

Sgt. Michael J. Dugan 

Pvt. 1st cl. Jacob L. Freedman 

Pvt. .iKNTHONY R. Maurer 

Sgt. Clarence H. Grotefend 

Pvt. 1st cl. Ralph A. Gray 

Pvt. Russell H. Mousley 

Sgt. Ludwig J. Nachtman 

Pvt. 1st cl. C. J. McBride 

Pvt. David J. O'Connell 

Corp. James H. Alcorn 

Pvt. 1st cl. Lonie P. Murrell 

Pvt. Henry E. Ricketts 

Corp. Oscar Corson 

Pvt. 1st cl. Thomas O'Neill 

Pvt. Jacob Rubinstein 

Corp William O. Gruber 

Pvt. 1st cl. Thos. B. Whittle 

Pvt. Joseph Schukalski 

Corp. Leon J. Kolamkiewicz 

Pvt. George F. Biederwolf 

Pvt. Joseph P. Smith 

Corp. Howard A. Miller 

F\-T. George Eckert 

Pvt, Raymond J. Stabile 

Corp. Byron F. Reilly 

Pvt. George Edelman 

Pvt. Stephen J. Tassi 

Bugler Joseph A. McFadden 

Pvt. Sidney Foster 

Pvt. John M. Wills 

Pvt. 1st cl. Caleb B. Cope 

Pvt. Joseph F. Hewitt 

Pvt. Eldee T. Wood 

Pvt. 1st cl. Harold Crowe 

Supply Company 

First Lieut. George H. Trundle 

Wag. John Finnegan 

Wag. Nelson Tyler 

Reg. Sup. Sgt. Chas. M. Haines 

Wag. Francis Friel 

Pvt. 1st cl. John J. Meara 

Wag. Charles Eberhard 

Wag. Louis A. McCann 

Pvt. Leopold S. Jesoi.oski | | 

Wag. Thomas Evers 

W.\g. Michael Rowan 
Medical Detachment 

Major Robert B. Shackelford 

Pvt. Viggo Jorgenson 

Pvt. .\lbert Rehovich 

Captain Robert C. Van Buren 

Pvt. Casimer Jovais 

Pvt. .\nthony Saccomano 

First Lieut. Xorman E.Gardner 

Pvt. Edward F. Kane 

Pvt. John J. Schneider 

Sgt. William M. Boyd 

Pvt. Havdon 0. Merrill 

Pvt. Joseph B. Sexton 

Pvt. 1st cl. Edward F. Kane 

Pvt. Paul Nangle 

Pvt. Harry Tregear 

Pvt. Herman Finkelstein 

Pvt. Henry Nassberg 


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Awards and Decorations 

The following are awards made to members of the 315th Infantry for gallantry in action: 

Distinguished Service Cross 





























Medal of the Legion of Honor (Chevalier) 



Croix De Guerre (With Palm) 



Croix De Guerre (With Gold Star) 




Croix De Guerre (With Silver Star) 



Croix De Guerre (With Bronze Star) 








Italian War Cross 



G. H. Q. Citations 




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Divisional Citations 

The following nienibfrs 
lantry in action : 

ot the Ml."itli Infantry wort,- cilc-d in Division orders for gal- 
Field and Staff Ofliiers 




Company A 


Company B 


Company C 










Company D 

















Company E 



Company F 



Company G 


Company H 


Company I 













corporai. frank MLRKIAM 







Company K 


Company L 


first lieutenant george s frebm \\ 
first lieutenant theodore rosen " 
first sergeant karl g. ley 
sergeant patrick 
sergeant frank j. kirk 
sergkant adolph j. kunze 
sergkant carl a. oesterle 
ser(;kaxt harry polinsky 
cori'oral louis a. berkowitz 
cori'oral patrick maloney 
cori'oi.'ai. mataus unciiis 
private first class joseph szalkoski 

Company M 











Headquarters Company 


Machine Gun Company 


Medical Detachment 


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A. P. O. 771 

17th April. 1910. 
Colonel A. C. Knovvles, 

Commanding 315th Infantry, 

My dear Colonel: 

I am very glad to comply witli your reqnest for an autograph letter to form part 
of the Regimental History. 

At the end of the first day of tlie Montfaucon drive a group of German prisoners 
was brought to the division P. C. near Esnes. I questioned one of the two privates 
forming the escort as to his organization. His reply was: "Company L, 315th In- 
fantry, the best company in the Regiment." Small as the incident may appear it speaks 
volumes for the esprit and pride of your regiment. When a simple private is proud 
of his company and claims it as the best it speaks well for his entire organization, and 
I know that the 315th Infantry has tried to be the best Regiment in the Division. I 
will only add that the loyalty and faitliful service of the Regiment at all times and all 
places have been noted by me and that I wish you and every man in the Regiment all 
possible success for the future. 

Very sincere! 


Major General U. S. 


March 23, 1019. 
Colonel A. C. Knowles, U. S. Army. 

Commanding 315th Regiment Infantry, 
Chaumont, France. 
My dear Colonel: 

You are kind enough to say that you desire an autograph letter from me for your 
regimental history. I take this occasion to repeat what I have made of official record, 
my appreciation of the gallant conduct of you, your officers and men during the diffi- 
cult fighting north of Verdun from November 2nd to 11th, 1918. It is a record of 

which you all may be proud. 

Very sincerely. 


Brigadier General, U. S. A., Commanding. 

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Coi.ONKI, RoSENMlAr.M AND StAFF, CaMP MkAIH-. M \m 11 -II. I!M8 

Regimental Headquarters 

'I"1k- follci\vin;4 is ;i lirift outline of the iiersonncl of Regimental 1 Icadqnai'ters during the 
different periods of its history: 

Commanding Officer 

Colonel Otiio H. RosKNitAtM 

Major Fkaxcis V. Li.ovn (Aetin.n) 

Colonel Aluen C. Knowles 

Major I^raxc is Y. Llovii (Acting) 

Colonel Alden C. Knowles 

1-T. Col. Franklin T. IUrt (Acting) 

Colonel Alden C. Knowles 

Lt. Col. Franklin T. Hirt ( .\cting) 

Colonel .Aluen C. Knowles 

Lt. Col. Fra.nklin T. lifRT (Acting) 

Major Im<ancis V. Llovd (Acting) 

■"roin Organization to July i 

Julv 7. 1!I1S, to July' ■-'(!, 

July 27. 1!U8, to October 11 

October 12, liUH, to October 2"> 

October 2ll. 1!'18. to December 1 

December 2. IIMS. to December 7 

December 8, lil|8, to January 1" 

- January 11. li'lf), to January 2! 

Tanuarv 2.1, 10]!), to March :il 

April 1. l!H!i. to April 21 

April 22, 1!M!I, to May 7 

May 8, liHK, to Demobilization 




Colonel Aluen C. Knowles 

Lioiitenant Colonel 
l.T. Col. Charles E. Morton - _ . I'rom Organization to June 11, 1!)18 

Lt. Col. Noule J. Wiley — August IS. 11118, to September 8, l!li8. On D. S. during this 

Lt. Col. Franklin T. Bi-rt — October 31. Ilil8, to Deeember l."i. 1!>18. .\lso from lanuary 

8. 1!)1!), to April 21, 1019. 

Regimental .Adjutant 
Captain SaiMiel \V. Im.eminc;. Jr. - - I'vom Organization to October 2!', 1018 

Captain DAyiii R. Williams, Jr. - - - October :W. 1018, to h'ebruary :l, liMli 

Captain Gf.orce L. Wrkiht (.Xcting) - - February 4, i;'10, to I'Vbruary 17, liHii D.syiii F. Wii.i.i.\MS, Jr. . - - February 18. HU!), to Demobilization 

Regimental Intelligence Officer 

First Lieut. Robert H. Lafean . . - From Organization to July (i, 1018 

Captain Alfred G. IIarlow — .\s First Lieut.. July 7. 1!)18. to August o, 1018. As Captain. 
.■\ugust (i. 1!I18, to DemobiliziiliiHi. 

Regimental Operations Otiicor 

Captain Georc;e L. . . - - January 2--i, li'lO. to Demobilization 

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Regimental Personnel Officer 

Captain Coleman P. Brown - - From Creation of Office to October '23, 1918 

Captain Ledlie I. Laughlin _ _ _ - Octo1>er 2-t. 1918, to Demobilization 

Regimental Gas OfBcer 
First Lieut. Theodore Rosen - - l'>om Creation of Office to November 4, 1918 

I'^iRST Lieut. E. Morrow Sheppard - - November ■"). 1918, to January 25, 1919 

Second Lieut. Quincy O. Lyerlv - - January 26, 1919, to May IT, 1919 

Regimental Munitions Officer 
Captain Ward W. Pierson - - - - August 25, 1918, to October 24, 1918 

Captain Joseph D. Noonan - - - Octolier 25, 1918, to November 30, 1918 

Regimental Musketry Officer 
FiR.sT Lieut. Earl P. Carter - - - - January 20, 1919, to May 1", 1919 

Regimental Athletic Officer 
First. Lieut. Orson J. Graham - - Vvmu Organization to September 27. 1918 

F'lRST Lieut. Lawson G. Bash . . . January 25. 1919, to March 1, 1919 

F'iRST Lieut. Russell M. Willard . . . March 2, 1919 to Demobilization 

Regimental Surgeon 
Captain Wallace Bulford, M.C. - . - Fmni Organization to June 25, 1918 

Major Charles M. Williams, M.C. - - - June 2(1, 1918, to August 5, 1918 

Major Robert B. Shackelford, M.C. - - August 6, 1918, to November 9, 1918 

Captain Wallace Bulford, M.C. - November 10. 1918, to November 12, 1918 

Lieut. Col. John A. McKenna, M.C— As Major, November 13. 1918. to March 2ii, 1919. As 
Lieut. Col., March 21, 1919, to Demobilization. 

Regimental Chaplain 
First Lieut. Richard V. Lancaster - - From January 15, 1918, to Demobilization 

Liaison Officers (French) 
Captain Alfred Du Conte - - . August 1. 1918, to November 20, 1918 

First Lieut. Stephen Knocker - - - August 1, 1918, to September 8, 1918 

Second Lieut. Edouard Cauchois - - October 2(1, 1!U8 to December 15, 1918 

Non-Commissioned Staff (Regimental Sergeant Major) 
Sergeant Raymond Vanderbroek (Acting) - From Organization to September 30, 1917 
Color Sergeant Seymour Stern - - . October 1. 1917, to October 28, 1917 

Regimental Sergeant Major Norman E. Humphreys — As Sergeant, October 29, 1917. to 
December 10, 1917. As Regimental Sergeant Major, December 11, 1917, to May 31, 1918. 
As Personnel Sergeant Major, June 1. 1918, to Demobilization. 
Regimental Sergeant Major Samuel Ft. Adams - - Jime 1, 1918, to Demobilization 

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Company A 
Company B 
Company C 
Company D 

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First Battalion Headquarters 

The following is a brief outline of the personnel of First Battalion Headquarters (hiring 
the different periods of its history. 

Battalion Commander 

Major Niiuee J. Wii.ev _ - _ _ From Organization to January 15, 1918 

JNIAJOR Joseph R. Holmes (Acting) - - - January 16, 1018, to April 30, 1918 

Major Fred W. McL. Patterson— As Captain, May 1, 191,*, to August 12, 1918. As Major, 

August 13, 1018, to September 28, 1918. 
Captain Joseph D. Noonan (Acting) - September 2l», 1918 to September 3(i, 1918 

Major Noule J. Wiley 

Major Fredericic \V. McL. 1'.\tterson 

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Ma.iiik Jesse k.^lf.v 

Major Ward W. Pierson— As Captain, Oclnlicr 1. IIMS to Octnbcr iM, 1!US. As Major. Oc- 

to1)cr io. 11)18, to November !), 1918. 

Captain Ll-cil-s A. Millkr ( .Xcting) - Novemlier !l, 1!MS, to Noveniljer lo, IHIS 

Major Jesse R. LA.\(iEEV . . - - Xovemlier UK 1!)18, to March I'li. lltlH 

C.\PTA1N John II. Ricket.son. Jr. (Actiii.s?) - - March L'l. ll'lll. i.i .\i)rirjn, Ifil!) 

Major Jesse R. I.a.nct.ev . . . . .-\pril .'1. lUlH. to I )ciiioliili/aiioii 

Battalion .\d.jutant 

FiR.sT LiEL'T. John W. Stauffer 

First Lieit. Walter Gali.aciier 

First Lieut. Rodert P. Meilv 

First Lif.ut. John J. Horiudce (.Acting) 

First Liei't. Henkv I). 1'"a\siek 

From Oranization to August 12, |fll8 

Au.giist 13, 1!)18, to October iM, 1918 

October ■_'•">, IdlS, to November '■>. V-'IH 

November in, l!llf<, to November l"i, IIMS 

November hi, III18, to Demobilization 

Hattalion Intelligence Officer 

First Lieit. GEoiuiE S. Uarker 

From Creation of Othce to Demoljilizatii 

Battalion Gas Officer 

I'irst LiEi 1. Lawson G. Bash 
First Lieut. Austin F. Besanoin 

l-'roni Creation of Office to Suptemb-.-r L'8. 1!U8 
September 29, 1918, to November !l, 1018 

Medical Officers 

Owing to the constant shifting of medical officers wliich occurred within the Regiment, 
it is impossible to state definitely the exact assignment of such officers. However, the fol- 
lowing served in the main with the l-'irst Battalion : 

Captain Ivor 1). I-"e.\to.\, M. C. 

First Lieut. Marvin B. Campmeii,, M. C. 

N'on-Comniis-siiincd St;;ff (Uattalion Sergeant Major) 

I'.N'. Sct. Ma.1. Russei.i. M. M.Maiiii.n - - December |(\ Ilil7. to October 8, 11118 

Bx. Sc;t. Maj. .\niiri:\v Woi.i.ersiieim - - - October !', 11118, to Demobilization 


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Upon the arrival of some fifty stalwart sons of Uncle Sam at Camp Meade, Mary- 
land, on September 21. 1917, we find the birth of Company "A," 31Sth Infantry, according 
to those same noble sons. The real birth of the Company, however, occurred four days 
before, on September 17th, when Captain Frederick W. McL. Patterson. First Lieu- 
tenants James H. Carpenter and Benjamin H. Pollock, and Second Lieutenants Logan 
B. Gill and Charles S. Tiers were assigned as the officer personnel of "A" Company by 
Colonel Otho B. Rosenbaum. commanding officer of the 315th Infantry. 

On Sunday, September 23. 1917, the contingent of men mentioned in the opening 
sentence of this history was augmented l)y tlie arrival of additional recruits represent- 
ing nearly every nook and corner in the city of Philadelphia, for it was from Philadel- 
phia that the .M5th Infantry drew its recruits during the earlier periods of its history. 
Among these first arrivals we have Sergeants Carroll. Harrison, and Parr, all of whom 
displayed si much stuff in the military game with "A" Company that Captain Patterson 
slated them for the Officers Training School, where they had little difficulty in winning 
commissions. Closely following in the footsteps of these first few, we have such old- 
timers as Eddie Ketcham (Corn-fed Ed), the man with the pair of gray pants which he 
found so much difficulty in shaking, and Ser.geant Glatfelter, the old war-horse who 
cannot be hitched wrong, with a notable career in the army from "Top-kicker" to "Kid" 
Barnum. the showman of the 315th. He finally realized his highest ambitions when he 
landed his theatrical troupe in Paris. 

Then there were Daniel H. Erickson. better known as "Frog" Erickson. the man 
who could and did parley-vous his way into many a home in France, and Sergeant Spiel- 
berger, the Company's famous prohibitionist, who gave numerous interesting lectures 
on booze and why it should be downed. Among others in the contingent were "Heavy- 
hair Bill" Larmour; "Skin" Evans, the Kensington ragman; "Bill" Groark, the ex-Baby 
Snatcher; John J. Murphy, alias "Mary Stoop and Take It"; Jack Davis, later an Irish 
Frog; and Jack Fields, better known as "Old Eagle Beak" and "Banana Nose." For 
a good time we had Bugler McLaughlin, otherwise known as "Schaeffer," and Bill 
Sorber. big-hearted and liberal, the man who created a sensation in Monte Carlo by 
spending five francs. Others prominent among the old-timers were "Hughie" Robinson, 
the hod-carrier: "Spaghetti Jack" ;\ccetta. one of Lieutenant Stauflfer's Forty Thieves; 
"Old Phosgene" Kelly, the fruit man; "Bicycle Legs" Gettings, our old gardener; "Bad 
Bill" Burns, the man who failed in his first attempt ; "Boozo" Devlin, ex-laundry man and 
detective, whose duty it was "To try to find tilings out"; and "Swede" Nordstrom, the 
^linnesota railroad magnate. 

The next few days found us being placed here and there, and to us it seemed like 
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which "A" Company later stood. Right here we would like to say we were very for- 
tunate in securing one of the best and most capable organizers in the 79th Division. 
CaiUain V. W . Macl,. Patterson. His leadcrsliip. ably assisted by Lieutenants Pollock. 
(Juintard. Tiers and Gill, made the I""irst Company in the First Hattalion the pride of 
the Regiment. l'"or the ne.xt few days we tried in vain to tramp down all the rough 
spots in tlie camp that afterward became nationally known as Camj) Meade, for our real 
drills were now on in earnest and hard at it w-e went. Hikes were numerous and 
while on one we were e(|uipped with something we all liked so well. i. e., our never-to- 
be-forgotten rifles. However, what we returned from the hike with was not the kind 
with which we made the Hoclie run. They were nothing but limbs of trees cut in the 
distant woods, and later termed blunder-busses by our old Captain. These we carried 
for a week or so, when we were fortunate enough to procure our lirst "labor producers." 
and we believe any doughboy will say we have named them correctly. 

We come now to the birth in our Company of one who is known wherever she may 
roam as "Philly." Carried to the Camj) in the pocket of one of the first lucky members 
to go on pass, "Old Johnny" Kvans. the toothless wonder who later becaiue a shii>yard 
worker, she is still with us. and we all say she has gotten enough "gas" to send her to 
the (ireat Beyond long before her time. The days were now a steady routine and we 
were fast rounding into the shape that was to carry us through the big days in h'rance. 
F.ach month, and in fact each week, would bring some new faces, but, owing to the 
many transfers in tlie Company, it was a hard matter to know each man thoroughl)'. 
On November 7, 1917, we received our second increment of men, among whom the most 
notable were "Little Jimmy" Ferguson with his rosy cheeks, later a lieutenant with the 
4th Division in Germany: "Salt Water Larry" Snyder, who claims to have wrung more 
salt water out of his socks than any man in the Company ever saw during his experi- 
ence; "Condiment Can" Moyd Fett, who found out all about the leaky tent ropes: 
"Slats" Glenn, nearer to heaven alive than dead: "Jack" Filler, Kensington's blonde 
bricklayer; "Jack" .\nderson. the strong man from Richmond: "Sock-em-into-You" 
\\'eise. the human ))honograph; "Duke" IVadley. the Douglas Fairbanks of the .-X. E. 
F.; "Long Tom" Donnelly, the Caruso of ".\" Company; and last, but not least. "Night- 
mare Lou" Eckert, who had them prettj' often and who lost his voice fighting them off. 
With such a grand array of talent, we turned our eyes toward Volley Ball. Yes, we 
were quite proficient and were successful in beating any company team that dared show 
itself. In tliis connection we would like to mention the men who so gallantly tri- 
umphed: Samuel Z. Cole. George R. Siiielberger, Thomas Houlihan. Robert Evans. John 
I'^iller. Larry Snyder. John .Anderson, Jack Davis, I'rancis McLaughlin. Clarence Glenn 
and Dip Devlin. 

It was now- nearing our first big holiday and a time at which some few would find 
themselves absent from home for the first time on It was on Thanks- 
.giving Day that the papers published the news of the arrival in France of two of Com- 
pany ".-X's" former members; namely. "Jimmie" Graham and John McLaughlin, and that 
fact made us more than ever resolved to get across. The day after Thanksgiving found 
those who had received passes returning to Camp, but of course a few kept up their 
good work and decided to have an aunt pass away. Everything at this time was pro- 
gressing rapidly, and each week would find us showing our ability as soldiers before 
someone of note. These little affairs ever served to relieve the monotony of our long 
stay at Meade. 

Que bleak December day we were called outside by the shrill blast of our First 
Sergeant's whistle and were told that five-day passes over Christmas would be granted 
to certain members of the Company. To say the boys went wild is putting it mildly, 
and in a great demonstration they clearly showed their feelings. The lucky ones were 
soon notified, and it did not take them long to be on their way home to occupy the 
vacant chair. .As at Thanksgiving time, those who had to stay in Camp were not for- 
gotten, but ate their fill of the best that money could buy. Like all passes, those that 
were issued at Christmas had an end. and the boys were soon on their way back to 
Camp laden with bundles and boxes of sweets. Upon arrival at the barracks, however, 
they were told the sad news that two members of the Company had been taken ill with 
spinal meningitis, and as a result the Companj- was quarantined for seventeen days and 
a.gain had to receive three innoculations, more commonly known as "shots." The 
afilicted ones, Thomas Monaghan and Charles Preston, made a game battle against 
very heavy odds, and were finally victorious in their fight against death. 

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CiiMPANY "A'' AT Camp Meade 

At this time of the year, the weather man poured down an overdose of snow, and 
due to that fact we were put at skull practice under the ahle eyes of "Hoover" Gill. 
"Douljletime Benny" Pollock, "Charlie" Tiers (Do it or don't). "Keep-closed-up-and- 
covered-in-tile A'" Quintard. and "Squint" Barratt, who had just previously joined the 
Company, having heen transferred from Company "C." Last of all came "Full- 
of-pep-and-ginger" Pat, the old skipper himself, like the good shepherd guarding his 
flock. It was at this period of the year that Camp Meade experienced its coldest 
weather, and to Company "A" goes the credit for standing guard on the coldest day 
and night. The official temperature was eleven degrees below. Of course the frigid 
weather could not keep up forever, and when it hroke we found the lure of the basket- 
ball court very strong. It was not the best place in the world, but it was suitable enough 
for Company "A" to administer a few beatings to its rivals. 

For purposes of instruction, we now began work on a small rifle range and it did 
not take us long to have it completed. Its good was very clearly shown later on at the 
regular target range. The guns we used were of .22 caliber, and the pea shooters devel- 
oped some great sliots, although sad to say some very poor ones were also unearthed. 
With the good weather that we were now having came continued hikes and also our 
first experience in what we thought was modern warfare, i. e., capturing "Dougherty's 

Soon baseliall came into its own. Our rooters were staunch and true and to our 
manager. Jack Filler, goes a heap of the credit. Opening the season in a blaze of glory, 
we triumphed over Company "C" by the score of 9-1. and that was tlie beginning of a 
long string of victories. "Slats" Evans was on the mound and he was ably bandied by 
the Inmian talking machine. "Butcli" Hermann. It was not long after this game that the 
non-commissioned officers were challenged by the "bucks." The game was played and 
the "bucks" triumphed by the score of 7-2. On the Company team, we had Sergeant 
Cole. Sergeant Glenn. Sergeant Houlilian. Sergeant Evans, Sergeant Spielberger, Cor- 
poral Devlin, Corporal Cheatley, Private Mowrer, Bugler McLaughlin, Private Hebling, 
Private Adair and Cook Herrmann. On the morning of April 4. 1918. our Company 
started out on that never-to-be-forgotten hike to Baltimore, a distance of 22 miles, with 
full field equipment. The same evening found us camping just 7 miles outside of the 
Monumental City at what is known as Camp Shipley. The night was very cold and 
sleep imposssible. The following morning at 5:00 .\. M. we were on our way again. 
It was but a few hours later that we entered the city, and the greeting the Regiment 
received will live forever in tlie memory of us all. We arrived and pitched tents at Pat- 
terson Park at noon, .\pril ,S. 1918. where we stayed until our departure on .-Xpril 7, 
1918. On the afternoon of .April 6. 1918. we bad the honor of being reviewed by Presi- 

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ilcnl Wilson and our Division Commander, General Kuhn. It was here that our masi-oi. 
"I'hilly." made a decided liit witli e\eryonc as she sailed along with Captain I'atterson. 
riie I'liilailelpliia boys seemed to be i|uite a novelty to the Baltimore girls, judging from 
the numlier that put in their appearance at the camp to look the boys over. We left 
Patterson I'ark on Sunday morning, April 7, 1918, at daybreak, for Camp Meade, where 
we arrived at 2:3(1 P. M. the same day, covering the distance without losing a man. 

.\t the time of the Haltimorc parade our Company was not very large, due to the 
fact that transfers had sent most of the men to Southern camps, but on the 29th day 
of May. I')18, we received our final allotment of new men. bringing us up to our over- 
seas strength. The work of turning these men into sf)Idiers in the small lengtli of time 
alloted to us was very hard but nevertheless accomplished, .\niong those of this con- 
tingent who went big with the Company were "Plug-hat" Duffy, tlie old diplomat, drug- 
gist and liack driver; (h Vernon Dahl, the Company's Padcrewski, who could eat more 
chocolate tlian any man in the company barring ".Skin" livans; "Speed" Malcolm 
Xederrey, better known as "Satchelback"; "l?ustleton Mule Skinner" Charles (irimes, 
of great note in his own locality: "Kid" Knnis. the Silent One; "Joe" .Armstrong, the 
wild Irishman: "Cigarette" Kent, or "I've done my bit in the .\. E. I'"."; "Funny" Shidtz; 
"lla])py" Cunningham and "Barney" llogan, who had a great following and ])osed as 
tlie "Seven \\ isc Men." .\mong the others were "Windows" Xeher, "Jingle" Johnson. 
"Worry-em" Warrington, "Sea-lawyer" Grohol, Supply Ser.geant "Hairy" lleffron, 
"hair Xose" Terry O'Xeill la twin to McCannI, "Rube" .\cker. from up state. "Ilandy" 
llauss, of leaky roof fame, "Pinochle" Weiss, "Monkey" llebling. tlie Golddust twins. 
Goldstein and Morganstcin. and our Camp Mea<lc .Supply Sergeant. "Candy Legs" 
Mc Henry. 

It was but a short time after the arrival of these men tliat we were given our final 
inspection preparatory to leaving, .^t this time we lost Lieutenant Pollock, our ranking 
hirst Lieutenant, to "B" Company, along with Lieutenant Tiers, who went to Company 
"11." To express our thanks to the departing officers a party was arran,ged which 
e\ery one attended. Lieutenant Pollock was presented with a handsomely engraved 
cigarette case as was Lieutenant Tiers, and to Captain Patterson went a silver sabre. It 
was a tarewel! party i)ure and simple in which e'.erytbing went. The morning of July 
7lh, 1918, found us all set waiting for the linal word. Everything was packed and in 
readiness, for this was the day that we had all looked forward to. We were now really 
starting to make history, and at two o'clock on that afternoon we started off for Disney 
with full field equipment. It was liere we left our old home for the last time. W'c went 
aboard the B. & O. troop train, and at 4:,30- P. M. we were moving towards Jersey City, 
at which place we arrived at two o'clock the next morning. We slept in the cars until 
daybreak and at 5 .\. M. we were i)ut on a ferry, and from there went to the pier, where 
we boarded the transport Aiiicricd. 

On July 9th. at 6:().i P. M., we pulled out from llolioken, 
soldiers aboard. On July 17th, we were met by 5 destroyers 
Brest, at which port we landed on July 18th at 7:(X) P. M. 
tcHik place from the dock to a camp just outsifle of the city 
quite hilly, it made the going very hard. However, we tinally 

with something like (i.OdO 
that escorted us safely to 
Our hrst hike in hrance 
and, as the country was 
arrived at our destination 
and pitched tents at 1 :.30 .\. M. It was at noon on July 21, 1918. that we started uiion 
our trip inland. Marching down to Brest, we embarked on those long-to-be-remem- 
bered boxcars, 40 men to a car, including equipment and rations. Incidentally, while 
on this trip, "Philly." our mascot, gave birth to her first offsi)ring. but the hVench rail- 
way system was too much for the pup and he lasted but a few moments. 

The afternoon of July 24. 1918. found us in \'aux. where we detrained. Here we 
started our first hike at night, a distance of 6 kilometers, to our training area aiul billets. 
It was 12:,50 P. M. when we were halted in the open held just outside the village of 
Courcelles, and there we slept until morning. The following morning we were gi\ en a 
little to eat, and little it was. were again assembled ami inarched into Courcelles. where 
in the course of a few minutes we found ourselves occupying the billets which every- 
one had heard so much about. They were everything that we had pictured, only the 
rat.s were even larger than we had imagined. Our lirst day there found us doin.g very 
little work, but thereafter we were face to face with a very long drill schedule. We 
were u|) in the morning at 5 A. M. and to bed again at 9 P. M.. for it was now a case 
of learning the real modern warfare. During the month of .\ugust we had i)lenty of 
manoeuvers, in which we captured all the hills nearby and also some distant ones. 

On September 6, 1918. we were i)aid for the first time in I'Vancc and. incidentally, 
in French money. The boys were all of the same opinion, i. e.. that the I'"rencli pai)er 
money was the best looking wall paper they had ever seen and they valued it accord- 
ingly. That day and the next were full of rumors of a move, and on Saturday night, 



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September 7, 191cS, just immediately after crawling in for the night, we received the 
news that we had all been looking for. We were iiotitied to make up our packs, draw 
our necessary reserve rations, and be prepared to move out some time in the early 
morning. Needless to say, we were all in readiness. .\t daybreak, we fell in and a few 
minutes later started on our way to Vaux, under command of Captain Noonan, who 
had recently been assigned as our company commander, the vacancy being caused by the 
promotion of our Captain, F. W. McL. Patterson, to Major. We had as our new first 
sergeant, Eugene Glatfelter, who stepped into the breach made by the resignation of 
our First Sergeant and friend, Samuel Z. Cole. 

Having reached Vaux, we had to wait an hour or more for the box cars to be made 
ready for the trip. l)ut. unlike the other trip in bo.x cars, we were not in them for any 
length of time, and that same evening, about 10 P. M.. we were given the happy news 
that we had come to our destination and would detrain immediately. .After picking 
out a very necessary detail to look after our baggage, etc., we started on what was sup- 
posed to be a 10 kilometer hike, in the face of a blowing rain. The hike was all the 10 
kilometers called for. and about 20 more added, but at 4:30 P. M., September 9, 1918, 
the whole Company was at the entrance of Bazincourt waiting to be billeted. For the 
Company to have every man at the finish of such a hike is indeed a record of which to 
be proud. This town held us until Thursday. September 12. 1918. when, at 5 P. M., 
we were assembled and started on an eight kilometer hike. When we finally arrived 
at our destination, we found a French camion train awaiting us, and in this we were 
destined to make the last lap of our trip to the front. We rode all that night, and at 
si.x o'clock the next morning we found ourselves within hearing and seeing distance 
of the guns. Leaving the camions and their Indo-Chinese drivers, we established our- 
selves in Camp Domliasle near the town of the same name. At this place rations were 
very scarce, and most of our time was spent in trying to get a bunch of darkey troops, 
who were also stationed in this camp, to part with some of theirs. 

On September 14, 1918. at 7 P. M., we started for the front line trenches in Sector 
304, made famous in 1916 by the French in their gallant stand against overwhelming 
odds. We were held up for some time by the non-arrival of French guides, as it was 

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a French division tliat our Division was to relieve. They finally arrived, however, and 
we were escorted into the trenches, with the result that dayhreak saw us ready for any 
emergency. ThinRS were very quiet the first tew days, but on Wednesday evening. 
September IS. 191iS. we all received our first real taste of war. A Boche ])lane came over, 
and. when directiy over us. dropped a few bombs. Needless to say we all knew a "Jerry" 
plane thereafter, .\ftcr a few days in these positions, the First and Second Platoons 
were sent in on the extreme front line, with the b'irst on the right and the Second on 
the left. The two platoons stayed on the front line for a period of four days and nights 
before being relieved by the 129th Infantry of the 33rd Division, and were forced to 
"stand to" jiractically the whole of each night because of snipers and raiding parties. 

On Sunday, September 22, 1918, the (|uietude of the past few days was broken by 
"Jerry" when he sent over a violent barrage, which lasted for one and one-lialf hours, 
and, at the termination of which, he pulled oflf a raid on our left. Sliortl}' thereafter 
we were relieved, and we then hiked liack to Camp Civile, where we utilized our time in 
cleaning up. Our stay was short there, and we were again moved, tliis time to Camp 
Xorniandy. On the night of September 25. 1918, we started for the front in prepara- 
tion for our big offensive on the following morning. We arrived, were assigned a place 
behind the lines, and told to rest until morning, but at 11;,30 P. M. the .\mcrican and 
French artillerj' cut loose and sent over one of the greatest barrages in the history 
of the war and at 6:00 A. M. on the morning of September 26, 1918, ".V" Coin])any went 
over the top under the command of Captain Xoonan. 

There was little resistance the first day, but on the second dai' the Boche resist- 
ance started to stiffen, and towards the evening we found ourselves in the front line 
in tlie midst of severe enemy shelling. It was here our casualties started and the 
first man of "A" Company to i)ay the price was Reuben Duffel. Our advance was 
stopped as night was coming on, and we were ordered to dig in until morning. The 
following morning, "Jerry" gave us a severe shelling, but nothing could stop our ad- 
vance, although our casualties had started to pile up. It was during this advance that 
we lost l.ientenant Quintard and a number of our heroic men. As we advanced, the 
shelling liecame more and more severe, luit despite this we pushed through Nantillois 
to the hill beyond. Here we reorganized and under the leadership of Major Patterson 
made an attack on the woods directly in front, the greatest strcjiighold and the best 
fortified position we had yet met. During this attack ".\" Company showed the stuff 
that was in it. bacing the severest kind of machine gun fire, the Company held to its 
advance until nearly decimated and finally ordered to retire to the hill behind. It was 
at this point that we lost Major Patterson, who was badly wounded in tlie leg. Once 
back on the hill, we were reorganized again and made our second attack, but during 
our absence the Boche had become stronger and in this attack we were not able to 
make any material advance. 

That night we dug in on Hill 274. and, as the rain poured down on us, so did the 
shells of tlie Boche. The night of September 28, 1918, can never be erased from the 
minds of the men who were there; words can never describe it, nor is the mind imagi- 
native enough to conceive it. On September 29, 1918, at daybreak we attacked the woods 
for the third time but met with no better success, as nothing living could face the Ger- 
man macliine gun fire or Iiide from the German artillery. On the morning of Septem- 
ber .?0, 1918. we were relieved by the 3rd U. S. Division along the railroad at Xantillois. 
and as we left "Jerry" gave us everything he ever possessed. That evening was spent 
trying to sleep out on a hill near Malancourt. On the following morning we returned 
to Camp Civile, wdiere we stayed for two days in dugouts trying to clean up and satisfy 
our appetites. From there we left on October 3. 1918. for Normandy Woods, where 
we received some long-looked for mail and canteen supplies. We left there under the 
cover of darkness the same evening and hiked until 4 .\ M. the ne.xt morning to Senon- 
court woods, wdiere we slept until noon the following day. Next we hiked to a field 
near Recourt. put in a night there and from there to Marcaulieu Woods, where we 
stayed for five days. 

On October 11, 1918, at 8 P. M., we moved to Thillombois. Here most of the 
time was spent in reorganizing the Company and familiarizing the men with 
their new positions. Our next move came on October 23. 1918, to Pontoux F'arm. 
a 10-hour hike. Here we stayed for three days and received 23 replacements, including 
"Pat" Turner. "Kid" Hofecker. "Hiram" Tompkins. "Rube" Miller from way down 
home. "Silent" Ingle and "Spike" Eike. On the night of October 26. 1918. at 6 P. M.. 
we started for the front once more, and at dayl)reak the following morning we were 
billeted in the woods near Verdun. .\t dusk that evening, we started for Forges Woods, 
where we arrived at 1 -\. M. on the morning of October 29. 1918. That evening we 
were once more on our way, this time crossing what had once been No Man's Land. 


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We were now moving into one nf the most difficult sectors on the western front. 
As we neared the front, tlie slielling and the gas became more severe and once more 
our casualties started. We were met l)y Sergeant Cole and Sergeant Spielherger, who 
escorted us across Death Valley (little we knew then of what a death trap it would prove 
to be later), and then up into the dense woods opposite Molleville Farm, wdiere we took 
over a sector held by the 114th Infantry of the 29th U. S. Division. "C" Company took 
over the front line and "A" Company was posted directly behind, in support. On the 
morning of November 1, 1918, we moved into the front line, relieving "C" Company, 
with the First Platoon on the right and the Second on the left. From this point we 
were under direct observation of the Boche and all our movements were made at night. 
\\ e received occcasional shellings there but our casualties from shell fire were few. 

On the night of November ,3, 1918, the First Platoon sector was taken over by "D" 
Company, and the First Platoon was jjlaced to the left of the Second Platoon in a 
sector held by "F"' Company. The relief was made at night in a driving rainstorm, 
the only light being the flares of the Pioche. At this point the distance lietween our 
lines and those of the Boche did not, at the fartherest point, exceed 75 yards. On the 
morning of Novemlier 4, 1918, the word came that we were to straighten out our lines 
and that there was to be a forty-five minute standing barrage and a fifteen minute ma- 
chine gun barrage placed for us by our own guns. At 7 A. M. we were to go over the 
top. The barrage never came, but Lieutenant Carpenter's orders were to make an ad- 
vance, so the advance was tried. The second Platoon was to hold the pivot, 
until the First Platoon had advanced about 50 yards, before moving from its po- 
sition. The left of the First Platoon succeeded in moving out about 75 yards under the 
leadership of Sergeant Spielherger. The center moved out successfully on a line with 
the left through the good judgment of Sergeant Davis in moving the men out from shell 
hole to shell hole in rushes. The right of the First Platoon under Corporal Snyder, 
had moved out only a few yards when it was deemed necessary to hold up the advance, 
as it proved useless to attempt to push through the mass of underbrush without an 
artillery barrage. The whole left flank was thus left exposed, the First Platoon being 
in a position where it could neither advance nor retreat. The Second Platoon on the 
right was also subjected to very heavy machine gun fire. Despite the flood of enemj' 
fire, however, the ground won was clung to until the final relief of the Company. 

On the night of November 4th-5th. we were relieved by "F" Company under the 
fire of the Boche machine guns. We moved down and across Death Valley to the 
Brabant-Etraye road, and were placed in dug-outs about 500 meters south of the Regi- 
mental P. C. Our stay in the dug-outs was a short one. however, for on the following 
day we were moved up into the line of support. Here we lived in the open with noth- 
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carrying rations up to the front lines, while "Jerry" kept up a continuous shower of 
shell and gas. 

On the morniUK of Xoveniher 8th. 1*M.S, we moved out at 2 .A. M. to support the 
advance of Company "A." 313th Infantry, down the Ktraye Valley. We arrived at our 
jumpiug-otf place at daybreak after i)assing a road strewn with dead. .-\ niachine gun 
liarrage was placed for us. and at iS .\. M. we went over the top. This time our advance 
was not helil up. as we found that the Boche had vacated the woods. During tlie day 
we advanced three kilometers without firing a shot, and night found us in an old 
trench at the eastern edge of the liois d'F.traye. The next morning we started out into 
the open, passing through the village of l-ltraye. W'c had gone hut a short distance 
beyond this village when the German artillery opened up on us. Lieutenant Shira was 
in command of the Company at this time, having taken it over when Lieutenant Car- 
penter was wounded in the attack of Xoveniher 4th. The only other otTicer with the 
Company was Lieutenant Schrier. W'e passed through the curtain of German artillery 
lire with hnt one casualty. Lieutenant Schrier. who was badly wounded in the shoulder, 
hut as we advanced the shelling became heavier and heavier, and we were finally forced 
to take cover along tlic Iiank rif an old railr<iad. where we stayed until tlie following 

The morning of Xoveniher lOth found us 'ioing over the top in a dense fog in support 
of Company "C." We finally came to a creek some ten feet wide and live feet deep, wliich 
everyone was forced to jump into in order to cross, and. not being able to locate those 
in front of us, we found ourselves again in the front line instead of in support. W'e 
were finally ordered to move back to the railroad, where we stay-ed, soaked to the 
skin, mitil 3 P. >L that afternoon, when the order came to advance again, and back 
through the swamp and creek we w'enl for the third time, directly under tlie gaze of 
Hoclie and a target for his fire, .After dusk had set in we were moved out 75 yards 
to establish a line and, as there were no entrenching tools, we were forced to di.g in with 
our bayonets. 

On the following morning, Xoveniher 11, 1918. we moved out before daybreak, and 
started an advance from another angle. We had gone but a short distance wdien the 
shells started to fall furiously, and once again our bayonets were made to act as 
shovels. We dug on, trying to bury ourselves, when suddenly the firing ceased and 

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Retreat at Erize-i.a-Fetite 


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tile \\<.iril came around that the war was over. That niglit was spent in singing and 
rejoicing, in the glow of the hrst hres we had had in months. On the following day 
blankets were issued to the Company and we moved a few hundred yards hack and 
dug in on the side of a hill, where we remained until November 13th. On that date 
we moved to Etraye, a village about 2 kilometers from the original front line. We 
immediately started to clean up, and it was only in a day or so before we experienced 
the pleasure of receiving our first bath in many days. We were gradually issued all 
tlie clotlies that were necessary, even though "Fair-wear-and-tear" Heffron tliought 
we looked good enough as we were. 

Drills continued day in and day out and soon we fmnul the biggest hnliday of all, 
Christmas Day, approaching. Being denied the opportunity and pleasure of being at 
home, the next best thing to do was to make things as cheerful as possible where we 
were. This was done and Christmas Day witnessed Company "'.\" having a day second 
to none. On the following mornin.g. December 26, 1918, we started on a hike of about 
55 kilometers and this distance we covered in three days. We finished our third day's 
march sliortly after noon on December 2>^. I'M.S, and discovered that we had landed in 
our new home, the small village of Erize-la-Petite. We were now untler command 
of Lieutenant Carpenter, but he did not see his way clear to stay with Company "A," 
and was soon transferred to the Military Police. We were then given Captain Craw- 
ford, but his stay was also very short, as he was lucky enough to get away and lead 
a casual company to the "States." Lieutenant P>ash was next in command, and during 
his reign we all had a smile that could not be wiped ofif. It seemed as thou,gh "A" 
Company could not hold its skipper. l)ut finally we were lucky enough to secure our 
present Cajitain. John H. Ricketson. Jr. 

The weather now was very cold, but that did not prevent us from building a divi- 
sional rifle range, on which Corporal Kern was successful in being placed one of the 
first thirty-two of the Divisional Team. On Friday evening. March 21, 1919. the Com- 
pany decided to run a dinner and dance, and through the untiring efforts of Sergeants 
Davis and Glenn secured the pleasant company of seventeen Y. M. C. A. girls for the 
evening. We were, by this time, very much fed up on Erize-la-Petite, but on Friday 
morning. March 28. 1919. we finally started on a five day hike which eventually landed 
us at Rimacourt. April 1, 1919. Our stay at this place was not very long, but while 
there, we all formed the opinion that it was the best place that we had struck in I'Vance. 
for moving pictures and shows were mnnerous. All things have to have their end, 
however, and on Monday, April 21, 1919, we entrained for the vicinity of Nantes. It 
was one of the last big moves before our final move to the boat, and it consumed two 
more days of our time. We were fortunate this time, for instead of the well known 
French box cars, we were pleasantly surprised to find real American box cars awaiting 
us. We arrived at our destination about 1 A. M. and slept in the cars until 6 A. M. At 

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that liiur we ilctraincd. and. vvitli our household on our backs, we started on a hike 
of 3 kilometers to the town of Harhiniere. where w'c were royally received. 

At this time the duties of I'irst Sergeant were under the able guidance of Sergeant 
George R. Spielberger, and things went along merrily. It was in this town that our 
paternal government conceived the idea of fattening us up, so, for the I'lrst time in 
!■ ranee, we .got a good rest and |)Ienty to eat. ."Mthough tliere was very little drill, 
baseball received a lot of attention, and, by the time we were ready to pull out of 
I'arbiniere, we had beaten "H" Company by the score of i-2 through the masterly 
pitching of Sam Cole. Incidentally, we were the winners of 4,(XX) francs and "B" 
Company was very, very flat. Immediately after the ball game Captain Rickctson showed 
his kindly feelings towards the little tots of the village by giving them the treat of 
tlieir lives in the form of a banipiet and party. They ate their till of steak, together 
with all that went with it, and beaucoup candy. To show their appreciation they pre- 
sented Captani Ricketson with a beautiful bouquet. The winner of the Company 
".\" — Company "li" fracas was challenged liy Company "C." and on the following day 
the tilt for the championship of the First Battalitni was staged. In the end, we captured 
not only the game by an 8-0 score, but also .365 francs of Company "C's" liard earned 

To the victors belong the spoils, and Captain Ricketson, to show his appreciation 
of the Company's athletic prowess, took the entire Company on a boat ride up the 
Sevre River. .At the outset the weather conditions were not at all favorable, and we 
had not been long on our way when the rain began to fall. However, that little circum- 
stance by no means spoiled our pleasure, and we continued to ride until we reached 
the Chateau Thibeaud, where we disembarked and partook of our lunch. The return 
trip was made in a steady rain, which was aided considerably in its dampness producing 
effect by Sam Cole and Bill llebling, who handed us darnpness by the bucketful through 
the open windows of the cabin. 

.After the boat trip, it was a matter of only a few days until we were once more on 
our way, this time headed for the port of Saint Nazaire. We made our get-away from 
Barbiniere on Monday inorning, ^Iay 12, 1919. Captain Ricketson, before he left, was 
jiresented a huge bouquet by one of the fair maidens of the village. We arrived at 
Saint Xazaire the same afternoon, and at once marched through the city and out into 
Embarkation Camp No. 2, where we were passed through a physical inspection. Hav- 
ing hnislied with this, we were shown how three or four regiments could be fed in the 
same building witliin an hour. 

The next day. May 13th, we marched over to Camp Xo. 1 and were there given 
our lirst real delousing, although there were some of the boys who could exhibit more 
cooties, or at least felt more iiopular with them, after leaving the delouser than before 
they had entered. May 14th was spent in supplying the S. O. S. with fatigue details 
and in being informed that if we did not walk the straight and narrow path, we would 
be associating with the S. O. S. long after the 31.Sth Infantry transports had dejiarted. 
On the following day we went through another physical inspection — it just seemed as 
tliough the doctors could not see enough of us. However, on the afternoon of May 
16th we finally indled stakes and started off for the boat. 

It was about eight o'clock that evening when old King Cole ascended the gang- 
plank of the Sdnlii h'osii, the lirst man of "A" Company to go aboard. The following 
morning. May 17th, at 5 A, M., the good ship slipped from her moorings and we bade 
a final adieu to b'rance. It was soon learned that we were not riding on a transport 
like the Anirricd. For the first few days out, every man in the outfit took an awful 
beating as a result of the bad weather and seas. The more it was talked over, 
the more cre<lit was given to that man Columbus. To kill the monotony of the voyage, 
we were given fretiuent baud concerts and impromptu entertainments. On the after- 
noon of May 26th there were some lively bo.xing bouts, in <me of wdiich our own 
Johnso Murphy uphelil all the traditions of his forefathers by defeating one of the 
Navy's best. 

The evening of the day on which the boxing bouts were held found a big issue at 
stake. The future home of our little mascot had to be decided upon. The Company 
was divided in its opinion as to who should get "Philly"; some members favored Ser- 
.geant Spielberger and others favored "Butch" Hermann. .An election was declared, 
and at the eleventh hour Corporal Snyder declared that his hat was in the ring, with 
the result that he was run as the dark horse. F.very man in the Company voted, and 
when the smoke had cleared away, it was found that Hermann was victorious, having 
Iiidled 53 votes to 38 for Spielberger and 26 for "Dark Horse" Snyder, b'rom that 
time on, the history of the Company is familiar to all. Philadelphia. Camp Di.x and 
demobilization all ftdlowed in rapid succession, and on June 9th, 1919, the last page w'as 
written in the historj- of the best group of officers and men ever gathered together. 

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Roster of Company A 


September I, 1918 


Joseph U. Noonan 


Jiinics II. 

Carpenter Norris S. Barratt. Jr. 

Alfred L 

Quiutard Logan B. G 





Eugene Glatfi-ller 

William A. NefT 

Edward A. Brown 

Sniuuel Z. Cole 

James 11. Ferguson Thomas V. 


Maurice J. Devlin Jacob Fields Kdward K. 


Daniel H. Erickson John P. Filler Mauritz W 


Robert A. Evans Clarence Glenn George R. 



John P. Aecetta 

Thomas A. Donnelly P'rarik J. Kelly. Jr. 

William Schneider 

John Anderson 

Anthony J. Esposito William J. Larmour 

Lawrence R. Snyder 

Vincent Byrne 

Kloyd W. Fett George H. Mowrer 

Herbert A. Steiner 

William P. Clieatly 

Paul P. Gettiiigs Edward S. Murphy 

I^eon F. VanNote 

Ksterino A Crudelle 

William H. Hebling Jnhn F. MH'ariu 

Charles J. Walde 

Otto V. Dahl 

J..hti N. Horning Hugh F. Rnbinson 

Harry J. Weise 

John J. Davis 

Charles J. Kane, Jr. Michael J. Rosen 

Benjamin Wentzell 




"Walter Christopher 

Jnhn G. Herrmau William P. Bahrenburg 

Charles J. Herrmann William P. Soriier Frank 


Thomas M. Horaii 

George J. Toomey 

Michael Thompson 

Joseph Weiss 


Frank H. Acker 

Mi.-hael F. Duffy John O'Neill 

Antonio Roffo 

Otto Cotngno 

Lnuis W. Kfki'rt Frank Petrilli 

John Shullz 

John J. Crone 

William II. H^-ffron Letmard Petrilli 

Amedeo Spinosi 

Charles J. Dougherty 

Juhn J. Murphy John Raschcr 

Albert J. Winkle 

Reuben 11. Duffel 


Walter Adamceski 

Henry G. Fortmeyer Frank Kister 

Timothy O'Learv 

William J. Albert 

Frank Fox Earl Klink 

Albert D. Oliver 

Patsy Amelia 

Antduid Frorenza Charles J. Ktolzbucher 

Joseph C. Oliver 

Nicola Angelini 

William C. Galloway George Knox 

Boleslaw Olzewski 

John F. Arnistroiig 

Hagi'p Garahedian George J. Kochnevage 

Jiisvph Ornisby 

Anthony BarlKizcvri.-z 

Jai-oh (iltddstein Anthony Koinski 

Joseph Passarelli 

Walter L. Iiiej.'<'man 

Aaruii tJoudhaum Joseph A. Krajewski 

Elw.x.d Paul 

<;c.irire W. liower 

Edwani GiHimin Hubert S. Krieger 

Edward E. Price 

Flank P. Bradley 

Joseph Gurski Joseph P, Kullick 

Frank S. Pugliessi 

William J. Burns 

James Gn-em-r Edward F. Lambert 

Anthony J. Rasgis 

Kilwurd J. Cantz 

Cliarlt's W, Crimes Jnsfpb Langewicz 

Frederick G. Reader 

Ciiniiirio Capelluppo 

William F. tWuark Kuimctt G. Laub 

Joseph C. Rice 

Arthur W. Carlson 

J..s.|.li .M, Gn.hnl Jnscph Lelashes 

Frank C. Richter 

Marry B. Casey 

Feiilinajid Gugliidnielli Joseph J. Lenahan 

Harry H. Riebter 

l.awrt-iice Cempe 

Fred C. Ilafele (Jrover C. Lentz 

Nester Rolmcbock 

Howard M. Christman 

I.onis J. Hafele Ernest Livingston 

Raymond C. Ruddy 

Kuril e Ciconni 

Walter Ilalonski Albert T. Luke 

M. A. Ruzeki 

Antonio Ciesco 

Lrnnard Ilauss Thomas McAfee 

William J. Ryau 

Arthur T. Coffin 

I..-..nard M. Healy Euoeh McCloskey 

Louis Samuels 

Nicola Crisp! 

Walbiie Heavener Arthur T. McCmry 

Feliz Sauk 

Anthony G. Cunningham 

Juhn F. Heineman Michael P. McKenna 

Salvatore S.-hiutmentl 

Karl A. Dahl 

Edward Hcpp Mnrris J. Mahnn<-y 

George S( iiolb-riberger 

Harry Dankelman 

HfMinan R. Hertzberg Gabrit'lle Marino 

Elmer E. Slu-.kler 

Frank Deck 

Pfti-r L. Heslin Rnlu-rt Marks 

John H. Sbultz 

Mifliael DeVietro 

Ailolf HiHlskowski William Martoski 

Nathan C. Shute J. Dillon 

James F. Hogan Anthony Massenzio 

Stephen SmiegOcki 

I atri.-k DiPhllUpps 

I.en P. Holh.witz Jami's Ma/.zafro 

PMward F. Smith 

Jamt-s J. Dixon 

Tlmnins M. H'lran Giovanni Mazzoecht'tti 

Charles R. Snyder 

Il.'ujamin It. Dolan 

Ni.Inr.' Ht>rfM Percy R. Medlicotl 

Charles J. Stank 

Bryant M. Dollmw 

Ji'Sf[ib A. Hughes William A. Mehler 

Janifs L. Stevenson 

Robert Dondoro 

JdIui Ischl Daniel A. Merrigan 

Frank Stockdale 

David J. DnughiTty 

Jnhn A. Janschoek Alfred Miele 

Henry P. Turner 

Oliver G. Drumheller 

Alfred J. Jemison John Mink 

Josei)h A. Usezolovicz 

J<din J. Duffy 

Frank W. Jolin^^'tn Thomas C. Moore 

William C. VanOsten 

William K. Dwyer 

Garrett W. Jntinsnn .Tnhn Morgenstern 

Raffale Venezia 

Patrick J. Egan 

Harold M. Jurdalin Charles V. Mount 

Paul Vezarri 

rn'.i.'i-ick Eichel 

Louis J. Kane Jamb Mnzdyniewicz 

Uuss.-ll Wagner 

William C. Kichler 

Louis A. Kntz Charb^s G. Murpliv 

Beiiiamin A. Warrington 

H.Miry A. Ellison 

Harry T. Kelly Nic.da Xap.ditann 

William Welker 

William S. Elsasser 

Harrv P. Kenesky Mab-olni G. B. Nt-derrey 

William L. Wieder 

Mose R. Funis 

Walter Ki*nt Wesley II. N.-her 

Harry Williams 

<Iabriele Evangelisla 

Charles K. Kern Abraham Nt-un-n 

Fr.-d L. Yocher 

WilUam J. Finn 

Frank Kessler Giovanni Nicoletti 

Elmer F. Zerbe 

Richard D. Fish 

Bernard Kidzon Walter S. Nunnamaker 

Joseph Zitomer , 

Nicholas Forlini 

Charles Kirshatein Elmer Ogden 

Joined as Replacements — October 26, 1918 


Oscar J. Bachert 

James Gaffney Elihue H. Ingle 

William F. Miller 

Thomas Brciirian 

Benjamin Gingery Dent A. Johnson 

Solomon Spicker 

Ezokiel Bu<-k 

Vilas B. Gray Lee Justus 

Mllford Tompkins 

Curtis G. Barr 

Gywn Hale Wilborn C. Kilby 

Patrick J. Turner 

Robert Davis 

Chester A. Harbach William Lytle 

Edward Wolfe 


Albert Eike 

William Hofecker 

Clyde D. Zimmerman 


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( )n August 15th, 1917, cuiiimissions were granted to all successful candidates 
of the 4th Provisional Training Regiment of the (_)f¥icers' Training Camp at 
Fort Niagara, New York, with orders to report at Camp Meade, Maryland, on 
the 29th of August. These officers, reporting on that date, formed the nucleus 
of the 79th Division ; and the officers, who had l>een the candidates in the 2nd 
Comi)any of the 4th Provisional Training Regiment, together with a few from 
the 6th Company, made up the quota of officers for the 315th Infantry. 

The Regiment's enlisted personnel, composed of men chosen hy tlie selective 
draft, was expected to arrive early in September, so these officers were tem- 
porarily assigned to companies in order to make proper preparations for the 
organization of the various companies. Under this temporary assignment the 
officers of "B" Company were: Captain John V. Bostwick, First Lieutenant 
Fred 11. McClintock, First Lieutenant Arthur A. Bagans, Second Lieutenant 
John j. Conahan, Second Lieutenant Russell M. Willard, Second Lieutenant 
Lester C. Shearer. This temporary assignment of officers became permanent, 
pursuant to G. ( ). 9, Hqrs. 79th Div., 1917, and S. O. 1, Hqrs. 315th Inf., dated 
Se]itember 17th, 1917. On the same date, however. Captain Bostwick was 
ordered on detached service to the School of Musketry at Fort Sill, (Oklahoma. 
This left Lieutenant McClintock in command of the Company until Captain 
Bostwick's return to duty on October 25th, 1917. 

During the period of training at Camp Meade, from September, 1917. to 
July, 1918, there were numerous changes in the officer personnel of the Com- 
pany. On ( )ctober 1st, 1917, First Lieutenant Edward L. Journeay was 
assigned to the Company and remained with it continuously until September 
28th, 1918. Lieutenant Willard was practically never on duty with the Company, 
having been placed on special duty on September 26th, 1917, as manager of the 
Regimental Exchange, and, when relieved of that position, having been assigned 
to Headquarters Company. On May 15th, 1918, Second Lieutenant Austin E. 
Besancon was assigned to the Company. He was later transferred to "C" Com- 
pany, and again reassigned to "B" Company just before our departure for 
France. First Lieutenant Benjamin H. Pollock was transferred from "A" to 
"B" Company on June 15th, 1918. On the same date Lieutenant McClintock, 
having received his captaincy, was transferred to take command of "F" Com- 

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During this period, also, the following officers were attached for diity 

with the Company at various times : Captain Max Patterson, First Lieutenants 
W. Burnside, L. Morris, and Second Lieutenants R. M. McCreary, E. L. King, 
T. R. MacFarlane, Roger Sherman, Stanley J. Wohl and Vincent F. Mee. 

Before the arrival of any troops at camp. Sergeants Henry Wechsler and 
Montgomen,- 11. Skinner, of the Regular .\rmy, were assigned to the Company. 
On September 19th, Wechsler was made First Sergeant and Skinner was put 
in charge of the mess as temporary Mess Sergeant. However, they were not 
to be with us long, for Wechsler. a man of excellent qualifications, was trans- 
ferred to an important position in the Ouartermaster Department, while Skinnrr 
went .\. W. O. L.. and was soon dropped from the rolls as a deserter. 

The first recruits, numbering nineteen, were assigned to Company "H" on 
-September 21st. 1917. The next day seventy-six more arrived, and from that 
time on they steadily Bowed in and almost as steadily flowed out, for orders 
transferring men to various stations throughout the United States came in almost 
daily. In all, over seven hundred recruits received their initial training in "B" 
Company. It was necessary to have non-commissioned officers immediately, and, 
as a result, men were picked out of the ranks to act as such. These men were 
chosen because of their general appearance and bearing, for extremely few of 
them had ever had any previous military training. The first appointment of 
non-commissioned officers was made on October 26th, and it is a noteworthy 
fact that they were appointed from the grade of "recruit," as it was not until 
November 2nd that any of the men were carried as "privates" on the morning 
report. These "non-coms" were Sergeants E. R. Gehring, Charles H. Reinhardt, 
Edward V. Lemone and Norman S. White. Then by Company Order of the 
same date Sergeant Gehring was appointed First Sergeant. 

From this time on non-commissioned officers were made as ra])idly as the 
need for them arose. On January 6th, 1918, First Sergeant E. R. (iehring and 
Sergeants Phillip J. Blankensee, Norman S. White and Jacob J. Mann were sent 
to the Officers Training School at Camp Meade as candidates for commissions. 
Of these, Blankensee, White and Gehring were successful, finishing first, fifth 
and eleventh respectively in a school of about seven hundred candidates. In 
turn Sergeants David I. .Scanlon, Howard G. Bainbridge, Charles H. Lynn and 
John .\. I-'ox acted as temporary First Sergeant to fill the vacancy occasioned 
by the separation of First Sergeant (Jehring from the Company. On April 23rd, 
Sergeant John .\. Fox was aiipointed l-'irst Sergeant, but he also went to the 
Officers Training School on May 22n(l, 1918, together with Corporal Simon A. 
Rhoades. Corporal Rhoades had been acting as company clerk, since the dis- 
charge, for physical reasons, of Sergeant Harry A. McCabe, the first company 
clerk of the Company. Both candidates were successful. Sergeant Jesse B. 
Hudson was then api)ointcd l""irst Sergeant, and was acting in that cajiacity when 
we sailed for France. 

The i)eriod spent at Camp Mc.ulc was given over entirely to the customary 
routine of training for the modern soldier, as the recruits were few who had 
had previous military experience, and non-commissioned officers of the Company 
were picked from time to time from the ranks as they demonstrated their fitness 
in the work. The outstanding features of the period were the Baltimore hike 
and parade ; the week spent on the rifle range, where the men got their first 


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taste of firing ; and the night and day manoeiivers, which made warfare a little 
more realistic to the men than the daily routine at the barracks. 

About the 25th of June we received word that we would be leaving for 
overseas within the near future, so from that time on everything was "hustle 
and bustle" in getting equipped and in making all final preparations. We en- 
trained on the afternoon of July 7th for Hoboken, and the following morning 
found us in Jersey City. There we were crowded on ferry boats and taken to 
Hoboken, where we filed up the gang-plank of the U. S. S. America. On the 
afternoon of July 9th we slowly pulled out of the harbor, and, to the strains of 
"Good bye Broadway, Hello France" by the band, we bid farewell to the good 
old U. S. A. On the way over all of us, instinctively, kept our eyes glued on 
the waters looking for the much dreaded submarines, but finally on July 18th 
we arrived without mishap in the beautiful harbor of Brest. We disembarked 
that evening and were told that we were to go to a rest-camp for a few days. 
After a long hike we arrived after dark at our rest camp. (Who said "rest- 

On July 21st we left Brest, and, after a three day ride across France in 
the famous "side-door Pullman"^ — you know — "40 Hommes-8 Chevaux," we 
arrived at Vaux, Haute Marne. We then hiked to the village of Courcelles, a 
distance of six kilometers, where we were "billeted," at that time a new ex- 
perience for us, but one which we well understand now. Oh ! how could we 
ever have complained of the conditions at Camp Meade? They were as Para- 
dise compared to the barns of France. But that was then, later the time was 
to come when any kind of a shelter would be welcome. 

Upon our arrival in France we thought that we were already soldiers, but 
there were those who thought otherwise ; and, in consequence, we were put 
through a most strenuous and intensive course of training. What with drilling, 
hiking, manoeuvers, trench digging, scouting and patrolling, musketry, and so 
forth, we soon realized how little we really knew when we left the "States." 

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Finally. h(}\vc'\er, we were ready for the fray, after having had ahout six weeks 
of this work, and on Sei)tenil)er Stli we started our weary journey to the front, 
the personnel of the Coni])anv l)ein<^ the same as when we had left Camp Meade, 
with the exception that Lii'nteiiant P)esanct)n had been transferred to "C" Com- 

Hiking to \'aux, we entrained llnre that morning, and just before midnight 
of the same day we readied Revigny, the point at which we were to detrain. It 
was pouring rain hut there was nothing to do hiU pile out of our comfortable 
little "Pullmans" and hit llic road. We marched through the rain until daylight, 
when we made a five hour h;dl to rest and eat. Then we were up and oil again. 
At about five o'clock on the afternoon of September 9th we entered the village 
of Bazincourt, where we were billeted in small buildings and Ijarns. P>ut we 
were not destined to stay there long. On the evening of the 12th we marcheil 
to Hairon\ille. where we were loaded on French camions and transported to a 
camp in the woods about two kilometers northeast of Dombasle. On the eve- 
ning of the 14th we hiked to our position in the reserve trenches of our Battalion 
sector, known as the Copinard trenches, and lying northwest of Verdun, hroni 
this date until September 24th we held various ])ositions in the front line of 
resistance anil reser\e. Little of importance marked the stay of the Company 
in this sector, enemy activities being confined to intermittent artillery fire, nor 
did the Coni]jany sufifer any casualties in this sector. Early in the morning of 
the 24th, we were relieved by Company "B," 316th Infantry, and, while moving 
out for Camj) Normandy, were subjected to very heavy enemy artillery fire. 
F"ortunately, however, we reached the camp without any casualties. The night 
of the 24th w-as .spent at this camp, but on the evening of the 25th w-e moved 
out of the woods, then through a long communicating trench to an indicated 
position, where we awaited the hour to go "Over the Top" and take our part 
in the great Aleuse Argonne offensive. 

F.arly on the morning of the 26th we moved forward in our first attack 
as the snp])ort company of the First Battalion. Down we weiU over Mill .^04, 
through the 1 laticourt valley, which had been filled with smoke to cover our 
advance and thence on up to the crest of the next rise, where we first met stiff 
machine-gun resistance. It was quickly overcome, however, and the advance 
continued against an ever increasing stubbornness on the jjart of the Boche. 
That night found us just east of a patch of woods about a kilometer and a half 
south of Montfaucon, having advanced a distance of about three kilometers. 

The next day the First Piattalion acted as an assaulting battalion, and the 
Comjiany formed part of the assaulting wave. -Some difficulty was experienced 
in the formation of the Battalion, so that the attack did not start until about nine 
o'clock. Thereafter, however, the advance continued steadily. By one o'clock 
we had helped in the capture of .Montfaucon. having passed through the eastern 
edge of that village, with the 313th Infantry on our immediate left. Immediately 
after passing the town we were subjected to heavy artillery fire, which coiuinued 
throughout the remainder of the afternoon with e\er increasing intensity. It 
was at this time that our casualties began to run into the double figures. By 
nightfall we had advanced to a ]josition about midway between Montfaucon and 
Nantillois, a total advance for the dav of about two and a half kilometers. We 

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Ox GfAKD Duty 
were now two officers short, Lieutenant I^oUock having Ijeen hit in the leg by 
a sniper, and Lieutenant Journeay having Ijcen shell-shocked. 

The Boche opened up the morning of the 28th with a terrific bombardment 
of high-explosive shells. Nevertheless, the advance upon Nantillois commenced 
and that village was entered and taken about noon that day. The Company 
was reorganized upon the hill north of the town and then the advance continued 
on into the woods ahead, the Bois des Ogons, where we were met liy the stififest 
opjjosition that we had yet encountered, and our casualties again mounted tip 
in large numbers. In the advance upon Nantillois Cajitain Bostwick was shot 
in the arm, and Lieutenant Bagans assumed command of the Company. The 
attack upon the Bois des (_)gons was repulsed, as were also the two succeeding 
attacks; one later that afternoon and the other on the morning of the 29th. 
The heaviest casualties of all were suffered on the latter day, both from machine- 
gun and artillery tire. When we were relieved bv the 3rd Division on the after- 
noon of the 30th. our casualties totaled three officers and sixty-three enlisted 

The next fi\e days were consumed in sleL.'ping throughout the cku'-time and 
in hiking at night. Finally, on October 5th, we arrived at a camp in Marcaulieu 
Woods, where we stayed for five days. From there we went to the town of 
Thillombois, where we were billeted. At this time the ,il3th Infantry occupied 
the reserve position of the Troyon .Sector, the 316th Infantry having relieved 
the 26th Division in the front line of that sector on Octo])er Sth. 

' )n October 23rd we left Thilloniliois and marched to the woods above 
Rccourt where three days were spent and where we received 2(S new men as 
replacements. We left this camp about 5 P. M. on the evening of the 26th, 
marched all night, and, early on the morning of the 27th, were quartered in a 
large dugout in the woods west of Fromereville. The evening of the 2Sth found 
the Company moving forward to relieve the 114th Infantry of the 29th Division, 
and at 1 A. M. on the 29th we arrived in the woods 2 kilometers east of Forges. 
After spending the early morning and greater part of the day in the Bois de 

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Forges, we mmed forward and relieved pari of the 114th Infantry, of the 29th 
Di\isio!i, tinder hea\ y artillery lire. This relief cost us seven casualties. From 
October 30th until Xoveniher 2nd we held a jjosition in and about a (juarry on the 
slope of a hill east of Consenvoye, acting as the Battalion reser\e. At 6 I'. .M. 
November 2nd, we moved from the reserve to the front lines, taking over the 
sectors held by "E" Company and one platoon of "!•"" Company. 

On the morning of November 4th, after sending out small reconnoitering 
patrols, the Second Platoon, co\ering the left of our sector and the right of the 
316th Infantry, proceeded to advance but were met by such heavy IJoche machine 
gun tire that it suttered twenty-three casualties in advancing its lines about 75 
luetres. Early on the morning of the 5th the entire Company, led by Lieutenant 
Arthur L. Bagans. commenced a surprise attack on the same front as the previous 
day, but the enemy again held us in check and we were unable to advance. The 
end of this day's battle found the Company without officers, Lieutenants Bagans 
and Shearer both having been wounded, and the Com])any having been com- 
manded during the greater part of the day by First Sergeant i'hilii) ( i. Melick 
and Sergeant Albert ^L Young. Late in the evening o( this date Lieutenant 
Besancon was assigned to the Comjjany and assumed command. 

November 6th and 7th were spent in reorganizing for a general attack. < )n 
the 7th, First Lieutenant John W. Snyder was assigned as company commander, 
and Sergeants Melick and Young were recommended for promotion to second 
lieutenants for gallantry in action by the battalion commander. ( )n the after- 
noon of No\ember 8th, we moved forward, capturing and entering the town of 
Etraye about 6 P. M. < )utposts were placed for the night, and on the morning 
of the 9th we continued our advance to the south of Damvillers. where we were 
met with a stiff enemy machine gun resistance from the large hills which loomed 
up before us. From these strongly fortified positions, the Germans inflicted 
hea\y losses on the Company, when it endeavored to advance on the morning 
and afternoon of the 10th, Lieutenant Besancon and First Serjeant Melick both 


A Kitchen in the Field 

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Tuoors OF THE First Battalion Returning I'rum the 
Front Line After the Armistice 

being wounded. Despite this resistance, however, considerable advance was made 

during the day. On the morning of November 11th, 1918, 11 A. M. brought 

with it the armistice, and we dug in at the position we were then holding in 

accordance with Regimental orders. 

We spent the 12th and part of the 13th in these positions and late on the 
latter date moved back and were billeted in the shell torn village of Etraye. The 
casualties during this last offensive had amounted to three officers and forty-two 
men, and when we reached Etraye only 85 of the men who came over with the 
Company remained. On the 13th. Lieutenant Bryan Beckwith was assigned to the 
Company and the next day Lieutenant Snyder was transferred to the 32nd 
Division. Lieutenant Shepard F. Williams joined us on the 17th and on the 
23rd Captain Fred H. McClintock rejoined and took command. The period at 
this station was devoted in the main to cleaning up and re-equipping the men, 
most of the equipment needed being salvaged from the territory over which the 
last advance of the 79th Division had been made. Drills and manoeuvers again 
came to the fore, and considerable time was spent in removing the battle field 
debris of the last great drive of the war. It was at Etraye, too, that the greatest 
treat which had been handed the men since coming to France was granted. This 
treat took the shape of furloughs, the first ones being issued on the 27th of 

We remained at Etraye until December 26th, and on that date started a 
hike which took us 55 kilos and landed us in the town of Erize-la-Petite after 
three days march. "Petite" was the proper name for that village, but it looked 
mighty good to us when we first saw it on December 28th, inasmuch as the last 
part of the hike had been accomplished in a driving rain storm and we were 
all soaked to the skin. With the arrival of the month of January many of our 



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men who had recoxered from their wounds and sickness began to rejoin the 
Company. Nearly every day saw one or more new arrivals, and at the end of 
the month 51 of our men had come hack to the organization. The military 
training schedule at this station was reduced considerably, the major portion of 
the time being given over to athletics, and furloughs became more frequent, with 
the rcsiUt that a large portion of the men were away at all times. On the 20th 
of January, First Lieutenant (lay Anderson joined the Com])any. About this 
time courses at French and British universities were offered to the men of the 
A. E. F., and First Lieutenant Shepard 1'. Williams left us to attend a university 
in England. Educational classes w'ere opened by the Y. M. C. .\., and shows 
and entertainments increased in number, all of which went to make our stay at 
"Erize" pass quickly, despite the fact it turned out to be (_)ur longest stay at any 
one station in France. 

Three months to the day after we arri\ed in Erize-la-Petite we started on 
a five day hike of 98 kilometers, arriving on April 1st at Rimaucourt. Here, 
billeted in wooden barracks together with the other units of the Regiment, we 
enjoyed a stay of three weeks in a way that was the nearest approach to old 
Camp Meade life that we had experienced since we left America. This stay culmi- 
nated in a way that made our hearts lea]) with joy when we were told that we 
would lea\e Rimaucourt on the 21st of April for an embarkation area. Accord- 
ingly at ,? A. M. on the date mentioned we entrained at Rimaucourt and two 
hours later pulled out on our way to the Nantes area. We arrived at Vertou 
and detrained at 5 i\. M. on the 2.3r(l, and, after a hike of about 4 kilometers, 
were billeted in the small village of I'ortillon. This area was the most beautiful 
and coinfortable that we had ever occupied while a part of the A. E. F., and 
the time there was given over entirely to the preparations necessary for embarka- 
tion for the United States. During our stay at Portillon, First Lieutenant Harvey 
(irifiith and Second Lieutenant Theodore E. Templeton were assigned to the 
Comjjany and First Lieutenant Clay Anderson was transferred to the 2nd Di- 
vision. In addition. Second Lieutenants John J. Conahan and Bryan Beckwith 
were promoted to First Lieutenants, and the latter received his D. S. C. for 
gallantry in action while a member of the ,^Oth Di\ision. 

( )n May 12th, all preparations having been completed, we left Vertou by 
train at 10 A. M. for St. Nazaire and arrived there at 2 P. M. Once there we 
were marched to the embarkation camp, given the final cleaning-up, had our 
papers looked over and checked u]), and on the evening of the 16th, at 8:45 P. M., 
we filed up the old gang-plank again, this time to board the U. S. S. Santa Kosa. 
Early the next morning we sailed from the shores of France en route for the 
good old U. S. A. and home. On May 30th, we landed at Philadelphia, entrained 
at the dock for Camp Dix and arrived there about 3 P. M. the same day. 
Demoliilization proceeded ra])idlv, and, on June 9th, Company "R"' closed its 
career as a military organization. 


The first social event of the Company was a Hallowe'en party, which was given 
Octoher 31st. 1917. at our barracks in Camp Meade. Being tlie lirst affair of this na- 
ture tliey had enjoyed since leaving civil life, tlic men went to it with a zest that spelled 
success from the start. The barracks were decorated fittingly for the occasion, and 
the party was attended by both officers and men, everything being informal and all the 

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entertainment purelj- impromptu. The outstanding feature was the mimicry of "Cook}'" 
as a Captain, and who will forget the laughter he provoked when he put his squad 
through the school of a soldier? Altogether it was a most enjoyable evening and the 
refreshments at the end were not the least feature of the occasion. 

On December 15th, 1917. a dance was given by the men of the company in the 
barracks. The building had been beautifully decorated and the music for the evening 
was furnished by a number of the boys who banded together for the occasion. Their 
work was of the liighest order and. as is always the case in such affairs, much of the 
success of the dance was due to their efforts. The orchestra included Blankensee, 
Hardy, Fox. Mann, and several others. All the officers of the Company attended as 
well as the battalion commander, and the dance was made a complete success by the 
attendance of the mothers, wives, sweethearts and friends of the men, a treat rarely 
offered in camp life. 

On June 28th. 1918, a farewell party was given in the mess hall at Camp Meade. 
This was attended by all the members of the Company, including the officers. The 
dinner was sumptuous, the culinary department having really outdone itself, and tlie 
boys went to it with a vengeance. Following the dinner, a silver cigarette case was 
presented to Captain Fred H. McClintock, who was the guest of honor and at that time 
in command of "F" Company, by the members of the Company in remembrance and 
appreciation of their associations with him. The gift was presented by Captain John 
v. Bostwick and after Captain McClintock had made a short speech of acceptance the 
evening was given over to informal entertainment. Corporal Edward A. Davies, the 
well known Philadelphia singer and then a memlier of the Company, aided the entertain- 
ment with several selections. This was our last social affair in the United States. 

After our arrival in France, more serious business was on hand, and no social ac- 
tivities of any sort took place until we arrived at Rrize-la-Petite. Here, on March 21st, 
1919, in conjunction with Company "A," which was billeted with us at this station, a 
dinner and dance were given. The decorations were most beautifully arranged by the 
men and were commented upon by all the guests as they arrived at the building. The 
dinner was the best that we had had since leaving the "States" and was enjoyed by 
both men and guests, the latter comprising practically all the Y. M. C. A. girls of the 
Division. The Colonel and other officers of the Regiment were present, and after the 
dinner the Colonel congratulated us on the splendid work of the Company in action 
and also on the success of the dinner. Dancing came next, and the success of this was 
due almost entirely to the music furnished by the band of the 316th Infantry, which 
kindly offered its services for the occasion, inasmuch as our Regimental band happened 
to be engaged elsewhere. The dancing lasted until midnight and it was the con- 
census of opinion in the Company that the most enjoyable evening of our stay in 
France had been completed. 


From its very origin. "B" Company took an active part in all athletics. Tlie first 
sport which claimed our attention was football, and a team was quickly organized which 
turned out to lie one of the best in the Regiment. "L" and "D" Companies also claimed 
to have the top-notch teams, and of these, "D" Company beat us 14 to 0. and we won 
from "L" Company, 6 to 0. It is a lamentable fact that "L" and "D" did not meet on 
the gridiron, for, as can readily be seen, that game would have determined to whom 
the football honors should have fallen. When the Regimental football team was 
formed this company was represented thereon by Corporal .Albert M. Young and 
Private Joseph Jacobs, who played the center and fullback positions, respectively. 

At the close of the football season, and even before it had come to a close, basket- 
ball had come into prominence, and it was in this latter sport that the Company es- 
pecially excelled, lioasting of the liest team in the Regiment. In all of our inter-com- 
pany games we were never defeated. "C" Company for a time held the same record, 
but when they met us they went down to defeat by a 14 to 10 score. The personnel of 
the Company "B" team follows: 

First Lieutenant Fred H. McClintock 

Corporal Albert M. Young 

Bugler Henry Jacoljy 

Second Lieutenant Russell M. Willard 

Corporal Simon A. Rhoades 

Sulistitntes — Corporal Philip Blankensee. 
When the Regimental teams were organized, the Company had a total of six rep- 
resentatives on them. Lieutenants McClintock and \\'illard played the two forward 

Right Forward 

Left Forward 


Right Guard 

Left Guard 

Private Benjamin ISIarsball 

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COM i 'AW P. 

A Group OF Company "B" Men in Erize-la-Petite 

positions on the 315th Infantry officers' team, which, after winning in its own league, 
was hcaten out for the Divisional chamjiionslii]) in the Final game of the season by the 
311th Field Artillery. _ 

The champion 315th Infantry enlisted men's team was captained by CorjMiral Al- 
bert M. Young, of "R" Company, while Corporal Simon A. Rhodes playeil the right 
guard position and Bugler Henry Jacoljy substituted in several contests. Private Ollie 
.•\ckroyd also played a prominent part in the success of this team mitil disabled by a 
badly wrenched knee. The final game of the season made this team the undisputed 
1917-18 champions of the Division, when it administered a severe trouncing to the 
311th Field Artillery enlisted men's team. 

The games of the basketball season of 1918-19 were played in France. The 
niental team, composed of both officers and enlisted men. contained two representatives 
from "B" Company. Captain Fred H. McClintock played the left forward position and 
P'irst Sergeant .Albert M. Young alternated between forward and guard position. This 
team again won the Divisional championship and represented the Division in the 9th 
Corps championship contests played in Gondreconrt and Toul. Both of the above 
players were awarded the Divisional Chamiiionship medal for the prominent part 
played in liringing the championship to the 315th Infantry Regimental team. 

The spring of 1918 ushered in the great national sport at Camp Meade. By the 
middle of .-Xjiril every ccmi)any in the Regiment had a baseball team, and the inter- 
company series had started for the championship of the Regiment. Our career was 
more than successful throughout the season, and, in the end. "B" Company became 
runner-up for the Regimental championship, losing the linal game of the league season 
to "I." Comiiany by the score of 8 to 1. The following is the line-up of the Company 
"B" team: 

Ser,geant Frank J. O'Neill, First Base. 
Corporal Clifford Xolan, Second Base. 
Corporal Herbert B. Brown. Third Base. 
Corporal James Pierce. Shortstoj). 
Corporal .\le.\ander Bailie. Left Field. 

Bugler Henry Jacoby, Center Field. 
Corporal James Drum.goll, Right Field. 
Corjjoral Parkin. Catcher. 
Corporal .Albert M. Young. Pitcher. 
Corporal lohn .Mayer, Pitcher. 

Substitutes — Corporals James Quinn. Jesse Hudson, John Carson. 

On the 315th Regimental team, which was later organized. Corporal .\lbert M. 
Young was the only representative from the Company, occupying the right field position. 

While bo.xing was in vogue at Camp Meade, ([uitc a numlier of the men in the 
Company took a try at their skill in the ring, including "Eddie" Cavanaugh. "Jerry" 
McGarry. "Bill" Reim. and "Bill" Benz. r)f these. Cavanaugh was the unly one who 
did any boxing while in the -\. F. F.. and while there he made a life-lon.g reputation 
for himself. He made the Divisional boxing team, and in his bouts on that team never 
lost a decision. Likewise, his reputation remained the same throughout his many 
battles in Paris a.gainst clever Italian and French fighters. 




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Roster of Company B 

September 1, 1918 

John v. Bostwiek 




'.. Bagans John J. Cona 



L. Journeay Lester C. Sh 


Kenjuuiiu 11. rolhu-b 




Jesse B. Hudson 

Frank J. (J'Neill 

Louis M. Baumann 

llnward L. 

Baiiibridge Joseph Fitzgerald Jacob 

J. Mann 

Herbert B. 

Brown Harry V. Leinone John J 

. Murphy 

EiiKeiie M. 

Buckley <'harles H. Lynn Charles Ki-inliardi 

Williara J. 

Clair Thomas McCreery David 

I. Sciind'iii 

Alexander Biiiley 

James Dnimgool, Jr. .lolm G. Monrose 

James P. Quinn 

iCeitjiimiii Blair 

Leroy B. Hinton Harry W. Mott 

Ellwood Spicer 

Niiriiian Bowers 

Itonald n. MeCanghey Francis C. Nolan 

Edward Welsh 

CforKf- E. Brown 

Harry J. MctJarry George I'arkiu 

Albert M. Young 

Edward A. Davii'S 

Jolin Maver James F. I'ien-e 

Louis C. Zeigert 

Tli'inias Idoksoii 

Philip g'. Mi-lick Henry E. V . Irilchard 




Joseph F. Lombnrdu Andrew Itcver 

Henry J. Jacoby 

Edward V. Neville Harry W. Til.bens 

William Reim 

Louis Welde 


Frank Bolirer 

Joseph Edgar I'hilip A. McManns 

Joseph IT. Smith 

Joseph H. Bovd 

William T. Forrestall John H. Martin 

Charles I>. Stinson 

Frederiek Buckwald 

Thomas A. Green Fn-tierick Paul 

Howard G. Tansley 

John Carson 

Michael J. Jozwiak Albert E. Ptlieger 

Jiilin Veight 

Thomas F. Cassedy 

William J. Killian iHIo J. Rummler 

Raymond M. Walker 

Mieha.'l M. Colinski 

Tlieodore S. Lauer George W. Ku1h*dge 

George W. Weber 

William .1. Davis 

Walter M. Leggett Henry J. Scbrader 

Frederick P. Wellein 

Sarkis IHvidiaii 


Joseph F. Weney 

Anthony Acrnsa 

Harry Eichenberger Lucian Kuleszewicz 

Albert Raickle 

Arthur E. Alker 

Harry Ketterman Morris Langer 

Samuel Ualsfoti 

Kaiiich- Aiitltoniasi 

Charles T. Feyhl James Larmotir 

Byron A. Rath 

Joseph Ba^'dasarian 

Angelo Filippi John .1. Lawlor 

Joseph T. Reill 1 ■ 

I.awrenre F. liarrett 

Harry A, Firstenbcrg J<)hn W. Lawrence 

Frank Ricliardson | ■ 

Blaiiu* Barshiii;;fr 

William V. Foley Warren M. Leeser 

Sid[i4-v D. Richmond 

Cliarles J. Batzcl 

Harry F. Ford Harrison Lever 

Walter N. Riley 

Moyil C. Baut;liniann 

Joames 1". Friel Daniel Lichtenstein 

Albert Robertson 

Howard BerKoiann 

Giovanni Giiliiietti John A. Lippi 

Joseph F. Rooney 

Emanuel Bernheimer 

Samuel Garmisa Clarence A. Littlefield 

William Roza 

Jacob Bernstein 

Peter Garofalo Louis LohmuUer 

Ralph Santer 

Oeorce E. Beueliler 

Raffaele Genitempo James C. Lonabaugh 

<"arlo Scaglio 

William L. Biehn 

Frank Gentile Allen J. Loomis 

Earl W. Schappell 

Jacob Birnbauni 

Samuel George James J. McClay 

Fred H. Scliiech 

John G. Boss 

Robert F. Giere William McLauglilin 

William II. Schubert 

Frank W. Bowers 

George J. Gillespie Samuel L. McMichael 

WMlliam J. Scott 

I'atriek D. Boyle 

Hyman Goldstein James W. McNamee 

Sanii Serve 

Harry A. Braun 

David GoUmer Joseph M. M«-Namee 

Louis J. Shea 

John A. Brennan 

John E. Hampton Sylvester Ma-nire 

Charles H, Shide 

Frank P. Bn*[inaii 

Harry Hantman \inietily >Lirkarewie7, 

John B. Simonton 

Arthur AL Brion 

Joames Harding Antonin Manginelli 

Albert I. Simon 

Miehael E. Campbell 

Charles H. Harley William Mark 

Bert Smith 

Edward J. Cavanangh 

Joseph W. B. Harris Victor Markusky 

Alexander Sokolove 

Geort'e J. C.-nsky 

Grover C. Harrison Joseph A. Meyers 

William Somieborn 

Georpe E. Cliambers 

Joseph Harsch Leo J. Michael 

Raffaele Spiotta 

Martin Chudzik 

George A. Harvey William P. Milter 

Harry Spoerl 

William T. Crawford 

William L. Hascher E<iward A. Moran 

Ceslnw Stepulkowski 

James Crehan 

"William W. Hermann Leroy Morrison 

Graham Stevenson 

Harry R. Dahl 

Arlam Hoffmayer George Moss 

Fred. Tick E. Tanzer 

Ciriaco D'Aupelo 

Andrew Hovanak John V. Neville 

Harrv L. Thomulka 

Oscar P. Davis 

Harry Hurst John J. Norito 

Joseph Tinnins 

Joseph DeDomeniei 

Thomas Linnuzzi Francis J. O'Connor 

Rosario Valerio 

Antonio Del Sordo 

Frank lavagnilio Joseph E. O'Longhlin 

Martin Vandlne 

William E. Devine 

Edward Johnson Alferd Olsen 

Julius Vasaris 

John Doettlinp 

James A. Kelly Meyer Padolsky 

John M. Wallace 

Fred J. Dorfus 

Arthur Klein Harry Paiskowitz 

Thorvald C. Wandet 

Samuel Doris 

Hermann T. Knufman Emil Pandolfini 

Michael Was 

I'eter F. Draugel 

Grover C. Kook Jolm Posavage 

Edward Weidman 

James A. Duff 

Stanley S. Kopistecki Harry C. Preine 

Thomas A. Welsh 

■Walter Durieu 

Jonathan Kramer Stanley pncis 

John Wittkn 

Fred A. Eberle 

Oscar A. Kunle Harry J. Qninn 

Frank K. Worthington 

Jacob Ehrlich 

Joined as RepIacements^October 26, 1918 

John Zack 

John W. Baker 

John J. Dalton John Mullins 

Sam Silvestrl 

Harry N. Rartsch 

Vincento Deraspo Mi.-hels Netti 

Norman J. Stevenson 

Edward Bortzenhart 

Virgil G. Ferguson Harvey Nobles 

Roy E. Stidham 

Georjie W. Brensinger 

William Hawk Wade H. Powers 

James Sword 

Giovanni Caddncci 

Floyd r. Hawthorne Samuel S. Reed 

Anthony J. Wiesen 

Franeesco Ceraolo 

Ole n. Kreger Creed M. Robinett 

Marshall Willingham 

Sebastiano Cosentino 

Jacob Levindefski George W. Roupp 

Fred Yost 


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Conipaii)' "C," of the vMSth Infantry, was organized September 17, 1917, with 
the following officers in charge : Captain Charles H. Tilghman, First Lieutenant 
Charles Hyde, Jr., and Second Lieutenants Ross E. Stickle, Francis A. Chidsey, 
Norris S. Barratt, Jr., and George S. Barker. The first assignment of recruits ar- 
rived on September 21, 1917, and thereafter many others were initiated into army 
life as members of Company "C." By the end of September the Company was well 
organized and acting non-commissioned officers were appointed to assist in carry- 
ing out the training schedule. We drilled, hiked, dug trenches, performed guard 
duty, spent several days on the rifle range, listened to innumerable lectures and 
studied our L D. R., along with the other companies of the Regiment. This rou- 
tine work continued throughout the winter and the following spring. During 
the foregoing period. Lieutenants Hyde, Chidsey and Barratt were transferred to 
other companies, and we received in their places First Lieutenants Robert P. 
Meily, Conrad F. Nagel, Jr., and Edward Maguire. The latter, however, served 
with Company "C" but a few weeks and was then assigned to Headquarters Com- 
pany. But training alone did not occupy all our time. Many a sociable gathering 
was held in our recreation hall in Barracks S-23, and it was not an uncommon 
thing for the relatives and friends of members of the Company to spend Sunday 
afternoons there, enjoying dancing and refreshments with the boys. 

Month after month passed in training with no indications of a change, and 
officers and men became restive as the idea began to prevail that the 79th Division 
would not see foreign service. In June, 191H, however, things changed for the 
better and everything pointed to an early departure for Europe. With the knowl- 
edge that there were but a few more days to be spent at Camp Meade, we arranged 
for a farewell dinner, which was held on the evening of July 4th, 1918, and was 
attended by the wives, mothers, sweethearts and friends of the men. The dinner 
was a decided success and became a thing of precious memorv during tlie dark 
days in France. How we left Camp Meade on July 7th, 1918, embarked at 
Hoboken, arrived at Brest and finally reached our training area in France is an 
experience common to all companies of the 315th Infantry and is described in 
the Regimental History. 

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III iIk- traiiiint; area, "C" Company, l()<;ether with Companies "A" and "Ij." 
was billeted in the little villajje of Coureelles. Ue])artnient of llaute Marne. Our 
intensive training then began, and from early morning until late afternoon, we 
drilled, hiked, manoeuvered, and engaged in rifle practice, bayonet work and gas 
instruction in ])reparation for our work at the front. This we soon expected to 
see, but ne\ertheless it was a surprise when, after taps had been sounded on 
Sejiteniber 7th. the orders were received to prepare for an early departure the 
following morning. \\"e left Coureelles at 6:30 A. M., September Sth. marched 
to \'aux. where we entr.iincd, and reached i\evigny late that night. It was about 
midnight when we detrained, and with a heavy rain pouring down upon us we 
started on a grueling march to Piazincourt. our destination. The march was a 
successful test of the stamina and grit of ilu' nu-n. for we hiked all night 
and continued until 5 P. M. the following day, with only a brief rest at Tremont 
where coffee and hard lack were served by our kitchen. Needless to sa\-. "C" 
Com])any passed th:- test with flving colors. 

While the Company remained at P'azincourt. our advance jiartv went for- 
ward to reconnoiter the sector o\ trenches we were to occu])v. On .^e]ilemhrr 
12lli we left Bazintourt and, after a short march, entrained in a French camion 
train for the front. Some time after daybreak we reached the \icinitv of Dom- 
basle where we left the trucks and footed it to Camp Pierre. For two davs we 
lingered there and on the night of SejUember 14-1. \ we quietly marched to. and 
took over the Coijinard trenches in Sector 304. The unit we relieved was ])arl 
of the 333rd French infantrw We felt it quite an honor that we were the first 
com])any in our Battalion to occu])y a front line position. These trenches we 
held for lliree days, daring which ]nriod there was little acti\'itv. I lowe\er, false 
gas alarms were plentifid and none of us probably will ever forget the sensation 
of that first gas alarm. L'|) to this tim- our cooks had not arrived, and a volunteer 
force, consisting of Corporals Lerch and I.edninn and Private KautTman. siip])lied 
the hungry boys with chow. 

After "stand-to" on the night of the 18th, we were interrupted in the prep- 
arations for relief by an annoying and persistent eneniv aviator who, after drop- 
ping a few bombs in our midst, most ungraciously refused to de])art. lie kejit 
us in nervous tension Ijy flying over us for what seemed like an eternitv. I b>w- 
evcr, even an air raid could not last forever, and dawn found us settled in the 
reserve ])ositions at Bois de Hesse. On September 20th, at 9 P. M.. we forsook 
these positions, in order to act in sujiport of ".\" Company, which held the out- 
posts. This movement was successfully accomplished in spite of a harrassing 
enemy artillery fire. ( >n Sunday, the 22nd, at 5 A. M.. the enemv threw over a 
sweeping barrage of high e\iilosi\e and gas shells, encircling our positions, and 
it looked as though an attack were imjjending. Every man waited in ex])ectancy, 
anxious to come to grips witii the Boche. It so turned out that the enemv raid 
occurretl to the left of our ])osition, but the manner in which the Companv stood 
the test elicited very favorable comment from Major Patterson, battalion com- 
mander, and confirmed the faith the officers and men had in each other. 

At 3 .\. M., September 24th. the Company was relieved from treiicii duty, 
and. although subjected to an intense artillery fire, succeeded through th? skillful 
guidance of Captain Tilghman in reaching Normandv Woods without casualties. 
\\ bile there we were e([uipped for an offensive, and large wire cutters, grenades 


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and additional ammunition were issued to the Company. About 8 P. M., Sep- 
tember 25th, we left these woods, and, after a tiresome and strenuous march 
through trenches, reached the point from which we were to go over the top. 
Throughout the night a furious y\llied artillery fire was kept up on the Cerman 
lines, and at 2:30 A. M. every gun went into action. At 6:30 A. M. the order 
came, and we scrambled "over the top" as part of a supporting wave to the 314th 
Infantry. We formed a line of combat groups; the First Platoon, under com- 
mand of Lieutenant Nagel, on the right ; the Second Platoon led by Sergeant Cox, 
on the left, the former supported by the Third Platoon, under Lieutenant Besan- 
con, and the latter by the Fourth, under Lieutenant Welsh. We passed through 
a smoke screen and reached the top of a hill, from where we could see the net- 
work of German trenches. The enemy was it: full retreat, although keeping up 
a strong rear guard action with machine guns and snipers. It was here that we 
met the first opposition, and our advance was momentarily held up by the 314th 
Infantry which had stopped ahead of us. When the advance was resumed, we 
crossed the valley until we reached another line of trenches where we were again 
met by heavy machine-gun fire. The First Platoon began mopping up, and the 
Second Platoon succeeded in locating a troublesome nest. Here we sufi^ered our 
first casualty, when Sergeant Ambacher was wounded in the shoulder. 

By this time the Company was in the front of the fighting. The First and 
Third Platoons continued on through the trenches, meeting severe resistance 
which could not be overcome by a frontal attack. The Second and Fourth 
Platoons moved on towards the left, thereby flanking the enemy positions. Two 
squads from the Second were sent into the woods to clean out snipers and ma- 
chine gunners who were harrassing us from the left flank. The fighting became 
bitter, but when the First Platoon employed rifle grenades and the Second T^latoon 
German hand grenades, which had been captured, we made it too hot for the 
Germans to hokl out any longer. As a consequence we saw a white flag being 


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waved, and 42 (if the enemy came out of tlie trenches and surrendered to the 
Second Platoon. In the meantime, the two squads sent to clean u]) the woods 
were busy locating a battery of 77's, one gun of which was still in action. They 
opened up a heavy rifle fire, and, aided by the rest of the Company, captured the 
battery, killing some of the crew and putting to flight the remainder. It was here 
that Corporal Corrado captured a German runner who had valuable maps and 
papers in his possession, but was himself wounded while searching the prisoner. 
It was now getting on towards dusk, and orders were received to establish a de- 
fensive line for the night. Meanwhile the First Platoon had advanced a con- 
siderable distance ahead of the rest of the Battalion, mopping up trenches as it 
went along. This good work was interrupted, when it was ordered to rejoin the 
Companv in a system of German trenches about a kilometer and a half north of 

The next d;i\- the advance was continued with but little resistance being 
offered by "Jerry." Late in the afternoon our forward movement was abruptly 
halted when the cry arose, "(Germans advancing on the left." The Company was 
quickly ])laced in position in a field east of Montfaucon. but no ( lermans came, 
and again we dug in for the night. 

We started off early the next morning with the Lierman artillery doing its 
utmost to locate our advancing line. ( )\er hill and through valley we went until 
we were stopped by a vigorous rearguard action at the cross-roads near Nantillois. 
A strong coiubat patrol was sent out from the Fourth Platoon, which quieted 
those ever troublesome machine guns. We passed on the left of Nantillois and 
advanced rapidly until we came face to face with the forbidding Bois des Ogons. 
With the assistance of French tanks we attempted to force our way through the 
German stronghold, but this time we encoinitered unexpected difliculties which 
hindered the execution of our plans. The tanks were compelled to leave undone 
the task they had assumed, and soon we found that we were in a veritable inferno. 
Machine gim bullets whizzed jiast us in countless numbers and a savage artillery 


CoMTANY "C" Passes in the riAi.TiMdKK Parade 

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A Company "C" Dame 

fire fell on us from both flanks, threatening to annihilate the entire Company. So 
intense was this fire that it was erroneously believed that our own guns were 
firing on us, and the signal was given to our artillery that their fire was falling 
short. In the meantime the Company was withdrawn for a few hundred yards to 
a hill nearby. Again our efforts to capture the woods were repeated and a strong 
jiatrol from the First and Second Platoons was ordered to move forward, and, 
if possible, locate and silence the machine-gun nests which barred our way. The 
patrol stiffered heavily without being able to accomplish its mission, and oncoming 
night prevented a re])etition of the attempt. 

-Vs night fell, the Company was ordered to establish a line of defense against 
a threatened counter-attack. We dtig in for the night, but had hardly established 
iiur lines when a deluge of shells fell on the hill which we held. It began to rain, 
and with the moaning of the wounded, the crash of shells, the alarm of gas, and 
the heart-rending cries for first aid, the men passed a ne\er to be forgotten night. 
In the morning we learned that in addition to manv other casualties our Captain, 
Charles H. Tilghman, had been seriously wounded. 

Under the comni.ind of Lieutenant Nagel, the Comjjany was assembled at 
day-break and advanced over the hill, where, in conjunction with other com- 
panies, it established a new line and awaited orders. We were next ordered to 
retire to the reserve, and there we remained until the following morning. It was in 
this reserve position near Nantillois that our kitchens were able to supply us with 
food for the first time since the beginning of the battle. "Jerrv" did not jiermit 
them to remain near the front very long, however, and we had hardlv finished 
our first meal when a fusilade of shells drove the kitchens to the rear. Late that 
afternoon, the 3rd Di\ision relieved the 79th, anrl we joined the assembled Regi- 

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iiK'iit near Malaiicdiirt. where we rested until tlie next nl(lrnin!,^ < )etolier 1. 191S. 
With the risiiij^ of the sun we resumed our march and ])roceeded to our old reserve 
line in Sector 304. Forty-eight hours later our weary limbs were again called 
into action, and we began the most trying hike of our army career. It lasted 
three days, and we passed through Normandy Woods, ."-^enoncourt and Recourt, 
until, late in the afternoon of the 5th, we halted at Marcaulieu Woods. The camjj 
was hardly ideal, and ti\e days later we moved to Tliillombois. It was here that 
a large number of men w-ere evacuated to the hospital, amongst whom was our 
First Sergeant, Hugh MacDonald, w-ho shortly afterw-ard succumbed to his illness. 

On October 20th, we moved to Levigneville, a reserve position in the Troyon 
Sector. It was the most comfortable spot that we had, until that time, been 
billeted in, and had been but recently vacated by the Germans. We were relieved 
on October 23lh, with orders to rejoin the Regiment at Pontoux Farm, where 
Sergeants Fagan and W'inkler. who had previously left to secure replacements, 
rejoined us with 32 new men. ( )n ( )ctober 27th and 28th, we rested in woods 
near Fromere\ille from which ])osition we marched to the Bois de Forges, arriv- 
ing there at 1 .\. M., (October 29th. The next night under heavy shelling we 
crossed the Meuse River, passed Brabant and relieved some of the depleted 
companies of the 114th Infantry, 29th Division, in the Grande Montague Sector. 
Here the German and American lines w-ere at some places not 50 yards apart, 
and it was necessary that every man be on the alert. Under the circumstances 
the r.itioning of the men was one of the most difficult problems the Company 
had to contend with, as it was only during the night that food could be gotten to 
the shell-holes which constituted our lines. We held these outpost jiositions until 
the evening of November 1st, when w'e moved about 200 yards to the rear and 
acted in support of "A" Company on the hill above Molleville Farm. On Novem- 
ber 3rd, we went into reserve and daily details had be be sent about one-half mile 
to the rear to procure rations, a task which was a most dif^cult and trying one. 

On November 4th, orders were received to prepare for an attack, and Com- 
pany "C took its designated position, which was 300 yards abo\e Molleville 
Farm. The line of advance was to the northeast. .An exjiected barrage by ar- 
tillery, machine gtms, and trench mortars did not materialize, but nevertheless 
the attack was made. It had not progressed very far when it was evident that 
our left flank was exposed to unmerciful enemy machine gun fire, and the battle 
developed into real Indian warfare. Part of the Company, under the leadership 
of Sergeants Recktenwald and Turner, maintained the position held, while the 
major portion of the Company, under command of Lieutenant Welsh, sought to 
establish communication with "'B" Company. When communication had been 
established with "B" Company, and later with "A" Company, Lieutenant Welsh 
attempted to press forward, but the resistance oiTered was of such a fierce nature 
that with the few men available the plan was impossible of execution. ".\" and 
"C" Companies were then reorganized as one unit and two more costly eft'orts 
were made to push the line forward, b'inally, when it was seen that the German 
positions were too strong to be overcome un;iided, word was received to dig in 
and hold the positions from which attack had first been made. That night the Com- 
pany, with the exce])tion of the Platoon led by Sergeants Turner and Reckten- 
wald, was relieved bv a company of the Second Battalion and returned to the 



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A View of "Death Valley" Showing Molleville Farm at the Lekt and Regimental P. C. 
AT THE Upper Right Hand Corner of the Picture. Note Shell Pocked Ground Be- 
tween Molleville Farm and Regimental P. C. 

reserve position. Through lack of communication, the aforementioned platoon 
did not receive the order to retire, and for 27 hours battled desperately with the 
foe. who had almost surrounded them. At last the men of the "lost platoon" 
succeeded in extricating themselves from their perilous jiosition and rejoined the 
Company in reserve at Consenvoye Woods. The next morning we moved into 
the support jiosition, and there again, numerous casualties resulted when the 
Germans sent over a barrage of high explosive and gas shells. On November 
8th, the Company joined in the regimental advance on Etraye in which no opposi- 
tion was met. At nightfall we dug in on one of the hills near the village, and 
established outposts. 

No chance was given the enemy to rest, and, on November 9th. Company "C," 
with other units of the Regiment, surged forward, passed the Damvillers and 
Wavrille road, overcame all resistance and established a new line at a railroad 
embankment running [larallel with the German positions on Cote du Chateau, 
Cote d'Orne and Cote de Morimont. Here, however, the German resistance 
stiffened and no further ground was taken that da_\'. < )n November 10th. a tre- 
mendous efifort was made to capture the enemy positions on the hills. The tide 
of battle went to and fro: twice the stream was crossed, men wading through 
water up to their shoulders, and both limes thev were forced to retire. At two 
o'clock in the afternoon the direction of our attack was changed, and we moved 
by the right flank, once more crossed the river and beat our way to the base of 
Hill 366, where we dug in and held fast. 

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Before dawn, however, the ^\5^h Infaiilrv was on the move again and "C" 
Comj)any marched to (iiherey, some tliree kilometers to tiie southeast. At seven 
o'clock in the morning, the Regiment once more went into action, and it fell to 
"C" Company's lot to take up position at the base of Hill 323. We reached there 
only to find that another company had taken over the sector assigned to us. It 
then became necessary to get to the right of the hill, and to accomplish this we 
were forced to double time across an open field in full view and range of the 
( lerman machine-gunners. J'iinnors of an armistice now began to spread through 
the lines, hut, judging b\' the amount of shells being exchanged, it seemed unbe- 
lie\al)le. Imagine then what joy was felt when at eleven o'clock firing ceased 
and white flags were waved all along the Cierman lines — the "Armistice" had 
come and with it victory and peace for the Allied forces ! 

( )n Xo\ember 13th. the Company was ordered to Etra\e to take up its resi- 
dence in the ruins of l->ench houses and wooden German shacks. Here Captain 
Frank S. Crawford became our commanding officer and Second Lieutenant John 
W. (iraham was also assigned to duty with us. Every one began to think of 
going home and, while so doing, spent both Thanksgiving and Christmas in this 
village. Neither of these holidays will be forgotten ; the former for the excellent 
entertainment provided by the Second Battalion, and the latter for the best dinner 
provided for us since our arrival in France. 

Finally, on December 26th, we began our march to the sea, and the hikes 
we made, the difflculties we overcame, led us to believe that it compared favor- 
ably with Sherman's famous march. From luraye we went to Chaumont-Sur- 
Aire, where we arrived on December 28th. At Chaumont-Sur-Aire. Captain 
Tilghman rejoined the Com])any as commanding officer, and Lieutenant Shira 
was assignetl for duty and remained with us for two months. It was here that 
the idea of perpetuating our friendship took root. Plans were formed for some 
sort of organization, and. at the suggestion of Lieutenant Welsh, the Company 
began work on a record book, which would keej) fresh in our minds the wonderful 
experiences and the part we ])layed in the World War. 

Time ]jassed slowly, and it appeared as if we would never reach that sea. 
On March 2Sth, we resinned our wanderings through France, and the roads we 
took brought us to Rimaucourt. Here we enjoyed the hosj^itality of the Red 
Cross and the Y. M. C. A., both of which helped greatly in making life less 
monotonous. Spring arrived, and if we ever had the moving fever, we had it 
then. A great sigh of relief was breathed, when, on the 21st of April, we 
entrained for LeChene. a (|uaint and pretty village which we entered on the 23rd. 
Our French friends proved \ery hospitable, and. in order to forget the lioring 
inspections. "D" and '"C" Companies comljined their efforts in an excursion to 
Nantes down the .Sevre Ri\er. 

The last leg of our journey to the ocean was completed on May 12th. when 
a four hour trip by railroad brought us to Saint Nazaire. the i)ort of embarkation. 
^\'e boarded the good shi]) Santa Rosa on the night of the 16th, and cleared port 
at 5 o'clock the next morning. After thirteen long da\s. most of which were 
stormy, we reached Philadelphia, had a short talk with our loved ones at the pier, 
and immediately entrained for Camp Dix. < )nce there demobilization proceeded 
rajiidly, and on June 9, 1919, the last member of "C" Company was mustered out 
of the service. 

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Roster of Company C 


September 1, 1918 


Cliarles H. TilKliiiiun 



U..h.Tf I 

. Mt?ily George S. 


(•(.11 rati I 

". NaKel .\ustiii E. 



E. Welsh 


srrrr-T seugraxt 


James Cox 

Maximiliiin W. A. HoU 

William R. Thomas 

George J. Ainh:u-her 

.■■isi-pli A. Conway lluj-li I>. Mcnonulil 

George R. Thoinpsfm 

Jesse J. Euok 

Knbcrl <;iin)ti«-i' Kuuis ()erlcin:in» 

John R. Trumbauer 

Francis S. Carey 

^aiiiiH'l If. I.oveiistfin John J. HfiKl 


William J. Turner 

David P. Atidersdii 

William Fr<-.v Robert 1>. I.erih 

Charles W. Rifhardsoii 

Josi'ph P. H(>rj;maier 

Harry Friel Samuel Lowey 

John E. Scott 

Jcilin T. rainbiirn 

Clayton W. Groff John J. M.'Knroe 

Charles W. Settle 

Philip Corrado 

Andrew W. Ilauli.rt Edwin K. iMiQuny 

James C. Spurry 

(foorgp Dnnig 

Harry Herbst Edward F. Maher 

Joseph H. Tintiey 

Joseph R. Davidson 

Geor^je Horn Charles A. Morrissey 

Cornelius C .Walter 

Ku^e[ie N. Fagiin 

Walter C. Hunn Josei)h II. .Mnlvey 

Ralph C. Williams 

Joseph J. Feele.v 

I.elon E. I.ediiuni Franiis 1>. O'.Mullin 

Emil P. Winkler 




Charles P. Pn 

It Edward Fleisch 

Isaac Ivevitch 

Edward J. I>iain<md John II. FreiliiiK 

George I.ipjilnr 

itt William J. FreilinK 

rtavid H. Uirki 

r S.donion C. Wraight 

Marry J. Kn.k 

John H. (ialu|i Edward E. O'Neill 

<;eorge A. Wolfe 

Frank II. lUak 

John C. Ganit I.ouis A. Reilieke 

Charles E. Wrigley 

Harry Almes 

\'ii-t'>r J. Itonohiie Edward J. Ma<-kenzie 

William M. Sellman 

Antonio AUeri 

Ual|ili I). IMuidore 1 asipiale Maeeoni 

John Sicura 

Kdward L. Archer 

Ad.dpli C. llnnkel Ray H. Mali.k 

Godfrey Siegrist 

Frank J. Arick 

Steve Dzeniak James S. Mallns 

Harry F. Simon 

Uichard Arlliur 

Thomas Eei-les Harry C. Mamlell 

Charh's H. Sixtus 

St.-phfii C. Pair 

William L. Elis'-n Joel Manheinier 

Edward A. Smith 

Charlfs J. Bauer 

Cturence H Federhan Andrew Martin 

Paul J. Smith 

Charles K. Pean 

Elmer W. Fiekeissen .^ose|»h W. Mavs 

Thomas s«don 

Kdward Bet-htloflf 

John F. Flail Harry Meyer 

Donato Sontilli 

George T.. Pehl 

Joseph FoKel Cesare .Michel 

Edwin R. Souders 

Harry J. IlertraiKl 

Isreal H. Kiecenhaiim William .V. .Milllieim 

John C. Spcneer 

John Pl.m.hogk 

latriek Forjan Carbine Marahilo 

Chester H. Spraguo i i 

JmIui Pongiorno 

(;eorj;e J. Freneh Lonis F. .M< r^'an 

Pertrand K. Staiiwood 

Allison E. Borul 

Fred J. Ftldala George Muller 

Joseph H. Steele 

Charles W. Brey 

William F. Gehhardt Thomas 1'. Mnrphv 

F'rederick Steffens 

Robert S. Broadway 

Eiirieo Gia<|Hint.> I.uiEi Xieolette 

Charles J. Steffler 

Thomas C. Bmwn 

.Alexander Gilchrist John A. O'H.ara 

I.ouis Stein 

Jami-s P. Biirkf 

George J. Gohl .lames J. (I'Neill 

Frank B. Steiner J. Burke 

John R. Graham Ponato Orhiiwio 

Harry Steinmuller 

Mithael F. Burke 

Herman Herig Herman on 

Andrew Stonage 

John L. Burns 

William C. Grauer William M. raynler 

Peo J. Schwartz 

James Byers 

I.eo Hart Fielro riz/.nii 

Felix A. Talalaj 

James Cncia 

James C. Ilartman Itavid H. I'rince 

Stephen Terzitta 

Carlimo Calogero 

i;eorge Hicks Tony Racano 

Clifton W. Tibbels 

Lawrence F. Callahan 

Howard J. IIolTman T.eo Paezkowski 

Theodore Tiedeken 

Cesare Capone 

Waller W. Jennings William 11. Haliili 

Joseph F. Tracy 

John H. Carlton 

E.lward T. Kane Charles V. Reanhin 

Angelo Trinca 

Joseph Cherry 

ilarr.v J. KanfTman Jacob Recktenwalil 

('harles J. Turner 

Stanley Chesko 

William F. K.-ek Elton W. iteid 

B»d<'slay I'minski 

RolH'rt r>. Cook 

Milton H. K.rsey Alberl E. Reilley 

John Crbanowicz 

Franceseo Ceromi 

Herman C. Klein Elias K. Retlig 

I'errv Vassailiades 

Milton F. Cohen 

Feador Koshowilz William W. Kidenonr 

Michael D. Vicchia 

Angelo Consorte 

Erakle Koznian Joseph 11. IJieger 

James Vita 

Frank W. Corbett 

rhilip l.acavalle llnnimick Roberta 

Chris Vogel 

Harry D. Cotner 

Michael J. l.awler William K. Robinson 

Roland G. \'oigt 

Francesco Cozau 

llaniel Max Xa<-ks 

Harrv J. Walsh ^ 

Pewis W. Cowles 

Frank A. I.eininger Frank Santisiri 

John J. Weldon ■ 

Joseph Czarneeky 

Harry J. l.entz I\is<juale Sehiavo 

Henry Wennmaeher H 

Christopher F. Hearing 

Jacob S. I.evine Joseph F. Schil]) 

Walter A. Wii-kstrom ■ 

Frank DeMarinis 

Joseph Lewis Edward P. Sehimpf 

Albert F. Wie<imann ■ 

Frank J. Devaux 

Adidph I.eihner Ilenrv F. Schroeder 

William A. Wiedmaun ■ 

<;uiseppe DiBenedetto 

llalrh n. .McAllister Chester F. Scbwall 

John W. Wiggins | 

Charles A. Pic-kert 

William J. McFeoter Dominiek 0. S.-ialla 

Theodore H. Wirbatz 

AVilPam J. Dixon 

.lohii .\l<'Kav .-Vngelo Scotti 

John D. Woodwork 

Josi'ph P. Diihidavage 

Daniel F. McMonagle Frank P. Sirvanlt 

William J. Worrall 

Charles Douaghue 

Joined as Replacements — October 26, 1918 

Antonns J. Znkauskas 

Vicffir Antimary 

Alnn W. navies llngh J. Glennon 

Giovanni Padnano 

John K. Bishop 

Germano l).-.\Ieo .\Ifred .\. Gordon 

Leonard Payne 

Waldiiie Bogdanovioh 

Walter E. linncan Martin Jessee 

Logan IS. Pnekett 

Bernard A. Boyle 

John Feteho Arch G. Jmies 

Andrew S. Rivers 

Andrew J. Brown 

Stanley J. Freileriek Hueston Konntz 

Nick Seragn 

Theodore C. Brown 

Texan E. Fye John Koscielny 

Joseph Soporowski 

John F. Chadwick 

Hyman (iell Walter Manning 

Harry A. Shively 

Peatross G. Cocke 

James R. Glaekeu Mike Murga 

Charles Wright 


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Company "D." of the 315th Infantry, officially came into being on Se])tember 
17, 1917. when the following officers were assigned to the Company: Captain 
John H. Ricketson, Jr., First Lieutenant Seth C. Hetherington and Second Lieu- 
tenants Lawson G. Bash, Frank A. VanHorn, William R. Mease and Conrad 
F. Nagel. 

On September 21st, 1917, the first enlisted men reported to the Regiment 
and 68 of these were assigned to form the nucleus of Company "D." Additional 
increments followed and on Novemlier 3r(l. 1917, the Company roster contained 
the names of 250 men. For the first time the Company was at full war strength. 

Men were being continually transferred from Camp Meade to complete divi- 
sions destined for immediate overseas service. These calls rapidly depleted the 
number of men in the Company, one draft in ( )ctober, 1917, consisting of 82 men 
that were sent to Camp Gordon, Georgia. This was an exceedingly discouraging 
period, as it was impossible to keep the personnel of the Company in a permanent 
form. In May, 1918, 75 men were received from the 154th Depot Brigade, and 
in June a similar increment was received from Camp Upton, New York, making 
the total strength of the Company 243 men. 

The training at Camp Meade was cjuite intensive, but through the generosity 
of Captain John H. Ricketson, Jr., numerous parties were given which greatly 
helped to relieve the monotony of camp life. The influence of Lieutenant Heth- 
erington manifested itself in numerous ways, but particularly in the neat ap- 
pearance exhibited by the Company. His insistent order to "take your hands 
out of your pockets" and "fasten that button" will always be remembered by 
the men of the Company. 

The 315th Infantry sailed for France July 9th, 1918, from Hoboken, New 
Jersey. Noah may have felt somewhat crowded on his Ark, Jnit he never crossed 
the briny deep in G-7, of the U. S. S. America. Who will ever forget the last 
morning on shipboard, when we stood on "B" deck from 3 A. M. until davlight 

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.\ I 1 \ M !■ .\ I 1 Mil-: 

expectiny; at any momenl to see the ])erisc(ipc of an enenn- submarine? We landed 
Jtily 18th, 1918, at Brest, and in conmion with e\ery one else in the Reginlent 
suffered an uncomfortable three days in the camp at that port. 

On the trip from Brest to Esnoms, the training; area, we had our first intro- 
duction to the French box-car. "40 Hommes ou S Chevaux" will liring a smile 
or a groan to any of us who ever see that sign again. At Esnoms we were lodged 
in billets and there learned sufficient French to ask for pommes de terre and 
oeufs. The seven weeks that were spent there are remembered chiefly for the 
long hot hours of drill, for the band concerts everv evening in the town S(|uare 
and for the procession of cows and wooden shoed youngsters at reveille and 

On September 8th, being then considered tit iuv the front, we entrained at 
\'aux-sous-Abigny and detrained at 11 1'. M. the same day at Re\ignv. The 
hike from this place to Bazincourt was our first real test in full marching equip- 
ment and was made without the loss of a man. After this march the old-timers 
ne\er boasted again of the "Baltimore Mike." We left Bazincourt on September 
12th, and, after a march of several hours, were loaded on motor lorries dri\en 
by Indo-Chinese chauffeurs. The onl\- luiglisii expression they knew was "( iood 
Night." That was about the way we felt. too. During the night spent in these 
motor lorries we had been impressed with the necessity of maintaining silence, 
and of course no smoking was permitted, because of the sujijiosed ])roxiniitv of 
the enemy. What was our surprise, therefore, upon arriving at Camj) Brocourt 
the next day, to find a negro jazz band in full swing — c'est la guerre ! 

( )n Se])tenil)er 14th, we started for the front and by 1 A. M. the following 
morning had taken over from the French our portion of the trenches com- 
prising Sector 304. The First and Second Platoons were stationed in Boyau 7, 
the Fourth Platoon occupied the trench Tuats I'nis and the Third Platoon took 
over Tranchee Herbillion. We certainlv were rookies — lived in our <ras masks 


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most of the time, because some one in some trench was always sounchng the 
klaxon gas alarm, and at that time we believed every thing our gas N. C. C). had 
told us. The experience we gained in these trenches, however, i)roved of very 
great value to us when later we were up against the real thing. 

On the morning of September 26th, we went "over the top" in the great Allied 
offensive. The part Company "D" took in this action diiTers but little from that 
of the other companies in the Regiment. We fought, were scattered by high 
explosive shells — gave first aid to our wounded, dug in, or reorganized to go 
forward again. While waiting to advance on the morning of September 28th, 
an H. E. shell bitrst near and instantly killed Lieutenant Hetherington. It is 
fitting to state here that every man considered his death a personal loss, and, now, 
looking backward we realize that we lost not only an officer, but a friend. 

At 2 P. M., September 30th, we were cheered by the sight of the 3rd U. S. 
Division advancing in approach formation to relieve us and carry on the fight. 
We, together with other companies of the I'iegiment, had advanced to the hills 
north of Nantillois and were relieved from a jiosition off the Cunel road lietween 
Cunel and Nantillois. Three officers and sixty- four of our men were wounded 
and one officer and twenty-six men killed. Lieutenant Mease, the only remaining 
officer of the Company, led it for four long weary days until we reached the rest 
camp at Marcaulieu Wood. ( )wing to the constant strain to which the men had 
been subjected, many were taken ill here and evacuated to the hospitals. While 
we were stationed here, First Lieutenant Walter Gallagher was assigned to com- 
mand "D" Company. Pie immediately took steps to reorganize the Company and 
appointed new non-commissioned officers to replace those who had become cas- 
ualties. We again occupied billets, in the \illage of Thillombois, on October 11th, 
and remained there until CJctober 22nd. (_)n October 14th, Second Lieutenant 
(ilenn H. Shira was assigned to "D" Company and remained on duty with it until 

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Novcnilior 5tli. 191S. ( )ii llic c\ciiint; of ( )ct(il)cr 21st, \vc made a l(iroi-(l march 
toward the Troyon I'rdiit, as a (jerman attack was expected there. The attack 
never niateriahzed, and we relnrned to onr hillets the next day. 

On ( Jctober 2,?rd, we made ready tor onr second engagement, leaving 
'riiillombois that da\- and marching to roiiloiix I'arm. There we received 7.^ 
replacements to till some of the gai)s in our ranks, which had existed since the 
Montfaucon (lri\e. These men were mostl)- green and had ne\er been under 
fire, but nevertheless they went into the lines three days later and gave an ex- 
cellent account of themseK-es, T.ea\ing Pontonx Farm, we marched to Forges 
Woods on ( )ctober 26th. ( )n the night of ( >ctober 29th, we adxanced across 
the Meuse River and proceeded up a road, that was being heavily shelled, to the 
entrance of Death Valley. Lieutenant Ciallagher, Sergeant Levi and .Sergeant 
Holt had gone ahead earl_v that same day to reconnoiter the position we were to 
occupy. At 2 A. ]\L, October 30tli, we com])lete(l the relief of Com]);nnes "T," 
"G," "C" and "K" of the 114th Infantry, 29th Division, and occupied the partially 
stabilized trench ])ositions on the hill north of MoUeville h'arm. This relief was 
completed witlmut the loss of a single man despite heavy shelling. We organized 
this ])osition and, as the days went by, made our defenses stronger with firearms 
of both (ierman and French mantifacture which we had salvaged. The sector we 
occu])ie(l was a faxorable one frcjui which to send out ])atrols ;ind Lieuten.ant 
George .S. Parker ;uid the I'.altrdion Intelligence Section rendered \er\- \alual)le 

< )n .November 4th, a local attack was ordered, zero bom- being 6 .\. M. .As 
we advanced, the first line came under heavy enfilade machine gun fire. The 
left of our position was the most exposed and we swung our line so as to protect 



CoMP.\NV "D" Douiii.E TiMixr, .\ftf.k f'.\ssi\(; ix Review ox Liberty Field 


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A View Showing the Shell Battered Windmill Between Montfaucon and Nantillois 
AND Ground Over Which Men of Company "D" Advanced in the Attack on Nantillois 

this point. After an advance of about 100 yards, a favorable position along a 
bank was reached, and the men dug in. Our losses had been very heavy and a 
platoon from "H" Company reached us at 7 P. M. to strengthen the support lines. 
The fighting in this attack had resolved itself at some points into hand grenade 
duels and there were numerous cases of extreme bravery. All told, our losses 
were seventeen killed or missing in action and twenty-two wounded. At 9 P. 
M. on the 4th, we were notified from pjattalion P. C. to make ready for relief, 
and at 10 P. M. the First Platoon of "G" Company reached our trench. We 
had been evacuating our wounded since dark under great difficulties, as the Boche 
was nervous and kept the sky well lit with his flares. It was here that our litter 
bearers showed their mettle bringing in wounded over ground swept almost con- 
tinuously by machine gun fire. The relief was completed at 1 A. M., November 
5th, and the men assembled in a large stone quarry on the side of Death Valley 
and were marched to the Regimental reserve position. Here the Company was 
again reorganized, as every squad had suffered casualties and two squads had 
been completely wiped out. On the morning of November 6th, we were advanced 
aliout 1,000 yards to the support line, where we remained two days. 

At 3 P. M., November 8th, we were assigned to mop up the Bois de Etraye. 
The Company was divided, so as to cover a large area of the terrain, and the 
various elements did not make contact until the next morning at Etraye. The 
Company headquarters group occupied comfortable German dugouts that night 
on the outskirts of Etrave, which had been but recently evacuated bv the Boche. 

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We Ift't I'".trave in skirmish formation at 9 A. M., November 9tli, and adsanced 
without nuicli opi)osition to the road between Damvillers and Wavrille. At this 
point we came under chrect enemy observation, and a terrific artillery barrage 
halted our progress. We lay along this road luitil late afternoon, when we ad- 
vanced It) the railroad tracks, about 5(X) yards east of the road. ( )n the morning 
of the 10th, the direction of attack was changed, and during that day and night 
we swung our line nearly due east. We had been held up during the afternoon 
by a wide stream, across which it was necessary to wade, the water reaching 
above our waists. The Boche had trained machine guns all along our jiath of 
advance, and the fact that the day passed without a single casualty in the Com- 
pany was due mainly to the skillful handling of the men by Lieutenant (iallaghcr. 
Boche fire continued during the night of the 10th and reached its greatest intensity 
on the morning of the 11th. 

To "D" Company, on the morning of November 11th, was assigned the 
mission of feeling out the enemy. Under cover of a hea\y fog, we advanced 
entirely by compass bearing, the fog alone making our position tenable. ( )wing 
to the rapidity of the Roche retirement, he was forced to abandon a captured 
Belgian 120 mm. cannon. This we took immediate possession of, and it has be- 
come since one of the battle trophies of the Regiment. At 11 A. M., November 
lltb. when the call was repeated from the rear to "cease firing," "D" Company 
held the most forward and perilous position in the Regimental sector. .An outpost then established and a big victory bonfire was built. The fact that this 
illumination was permitteil long into the night brought to e\ery one the realization 
that the war had at last ended. Lieutenant Gallagher was at this time recom- 
mended for promotion, and received his captaincy on December Sib. .^hortlv 
thereafter. Lieutenant Barker was assigned to "D" Companv. 

We dro])])ed back to Etraye after two da\s of outpost dutv, and there we 
made ourselves coniparatively comfortable in "made in Crermanv" barracks. -\t 
Etraye we celebratetl Thanksgi\ing and Christmas and finally left on l)eceml)er 
26th. Thence we marched to Chaumont-sur-Aire, where we remained for three 
months. While we were in this latter area, many of the men took ad\antage of 
the seven day leave, and to the less fortunate ones Bar-le-Uuc was a scene of 
the week-end pass. .Athletics occupied our spare moments here — Sergeant Evans 
(Danny) represented the Company on the Divisional basketball team and Cor- 
])oral Dicky Watts wore the numerals "79" on his football togs, (iold bricking 
was brought to a fine science at this ])lace, and many of our N. C. O.'s blushed 
when they accepted their beaucoup francs on pay day. 

.A five day hike, starting IVLirch 28th, 1919, brought us to Rimaucourt on 
-April 1st, and this trip marked the real beginning of our homeward journey. 
From there we moved to the village of Le Chene, near Nantes, on April 21st. 
Three brief but happy weeks were spent in the valley of the Loire, and on May 
12th the Company was once more on the move, this time to the embarkation 
center at Saint Nazaire. Then followed in rapid succession the boarding of the 
U. S. transport Santa Rosa on May 16th. the arrival in Philadelphia on May 
30tli, and the final demobilization of the Companv on June 9th, 1919. 


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The 315 th iNFANnrRY 

Conipany "D" in France 

Billets — rii|) 'i\-ms — and SiiclMioles. 

Station Arrived 

Brest July IS. 1918 

Camp rontanezen July IS, 1918 

F.snoms July 24, 1918 

Bazincourt .'^cptcuiher 9, 1918 

C'ani]) Brocourt Scptcniher 13. 1918 

Trenches Sector 304 September 15, 191S 

\ormandy Woods .Sejitember 24. 1918 

Over the Top — Montfaucon September 26, 1918 

Bizerte Woods October 1. 1918 

Xorniandy Woods October ,\ 1918 

Foret dc Souilly October 4, 1918 

Recourt October 4, 1918 

Marcaulicu Woods October 5, 1918 

Thillonibois (Jctobcr 11, 1918 

Troyon October 21, 1918 

Thillombois (Jctober 22, 1918 

I'DUtoux l''arni October 23, 1918 

l-'romereville Woods October 27, 1918 

Forges Woods October 29, 1918 

In Action North of Molleville b'arm. . ( ktober 30, 1918 
Reg. Reserve, Bois de Consenvoye. .. Xm ember 5,1918 
Reg. Support, Bois de Consenvoye ... November 6,1918 

-Mopped Up Bois de Etraye November 8, 1918 

Occupied Etraye November 8, 1918 

In Action Against Hill 356 .Xovember 9, 1918 

Out-Post Duty Northeast of (iibercy. .November 11. 1918 

Etraye November 13, 1918 

Chaumout-Sur-Aire December 28, 1918 

l\iniaucourt \pril 1, 1919 

La Chene Ajiril 2.^. 1919 

St. Nazaire Mav 12, 1919 

July 18, 1918 
July 21, 1918 
SeiJtember 8, 1918 
Sei)tember 12, 1918 
Sei)tember 14, 1918 
September 24. 1918 
September 25, 1918 
September 30, 1918 
October 3, 1918 
( )ct()ber 3, 1918 
October 4, 1918 
October 5, 1918 
October 10, 1918 
October 21, 1918 
October 22, 1918 
October 23, 1918 
October 26, 1918 
October 28, 1918 
October 29. 1918 
November 5, 1918 
November (>. 1918 
November 7, 1918 
November 8, 1918 
November 9, 1918 
November II, 1918 
November 13, 1918 
December 26, 1918 
.March 28, 1919 
April 21. 1919 
May 12. 1919 
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Roster of Company D 


September 1, 1918 

FIRST T-IKUTEXANTS jnlm H. Ri<-k.'tson. Jr. 


LiUvsnit G. Bnsli 

W^illiam R. Mease 

Seth C. HetlieriuK 


Shepard F. Williams 

I-'rank A. \'an Hnri 



H.,M-bert C 

ark Charles Reilly 

Frank Ramho 

■William Cviniiinp:li!im 

Clifford French John I. Murphy 

Domenico Pescrilli 

Robert F. Djiwsoii 

Jerome B. Levi Vincent M. Naddy 

Charles H. Reiclielderfcr 

I'HuI A. Dovliii 


Arthur I. Beliriiiann 

Robert H. Gallieu Charles A. Kraus Daniel J. 

Patton Earl B. Shaffer 

Gen. \V. DiMibcrt, Jr. 

Paul M. Hermann John J. Leach Ktormonth 

Pollock Everett W. Wanner 

Djuiii-l Evans 

John T. Holt Joseph L. McKee David Rosen James Young | | 

Elmci' U. Fux 

Elwood Kerkeslager Clarence Pancoast Phillip L. 





Baldaushas Frank Di Renzo 

Ottamr W. Epple 


Gallagher Thomas Moore 

Roger W. Morgan 


P. Macauley William J. Moore 

Job 11 J. 



jDsi'pli Adclman 

John J. Cnrran William D. Hutchison 

Israel C. Segal 

Ivlii.rcii fl. Aslaiiian 

Antlionv J. lit- Paul Frank A. Kaithern 

Waller R. Simon 

Eilwani M. Hailey 

Charles Difhl Mblia.-I Knnny 

Joseph F. Smith 

M'alter I. Iteriii;,^fr 

Philip J. Dutty John McNamara 

Warren L. Stroud 

Harry Itfyfr 

William Fleming Ji-scjih Okromechko 

Richard A. Sullivan 

Joseph J. linlkfs 

Lui^^i Gasliardi Edwanl Poyntz 

W^illiam Talarico 

<'barb^s H. Clifton 

William (roMborn Thomas F. Price 

Harry M. Volkman 


Iiisbop I'. Coruiany 

Christopher J. Ilartman Edward Rein 

Furman S. Wilde 

Ormill S. Cuiumitit,'S 


Richard H. Wireman 

ilarshall Affcew 

Samuel F. Kastner Cosimo PizzuUi 

Albert E. Stevens 

Christian Aletter 

James E. Kelley James J. Powers 

Richard L. Stierheim 

Murray R. Baile 

James P. Kelly Joseph Puglisi 

Allyn W. Stillman;;*:* W. Bauillfrt 

Martin E. Kelly Domcnirk S. Puleio 

Abram Street 

I.oryii W. Beuion 

Peter Kerr Morris Rabinowitz 

Herbert M. Sullivan 

William Bernst<Mii 

John J. Kiernau Donato Rafiu 

Benjamin Surgoft 

Alb.-rt B. Blair 

Henry Koplin Edwart T. Rayer 

Charles Taylnr 

Ainzie Biiskirk 

Evan T. Krieder Louis Rebalsky 

Peter A. Thonianu 

Louis Caci'hiu 

Morris Kridermau Mario Ricci 

Benjamin Thomas 

Samuel Galloway 

Gurney E. Kroh Harry H. Robbins 

Robert B. Thompson 

EUvood I,. Clark 

Edward KroU Andrt-w E. Rodgers 

George W. Toner 

Isaac Cohen 

Maik Krnk Joscpli Rodgers 

John Topoleski 

Myer Comroe 

Richard C. Larson Samuel J. Rosenfeld 

Victor Torsilli 

Frank H. Cooper 

Andrew J. Leopold Salvatore Rotolo 

David Tosky 

Joseph Corsenoti 

Jacob Libertow Harry Uiih.-iistein 

Benjamin Traflican 

Frank Counterman 

Ignatz Lochsofski Nathan Ixudnitsky 

Frank M. Trubiano 

Demetry Dacek 

Josejtb Loiterstein Albert F. Ryan 

Vincento Trotta 

Thomas M. Davey 

Frederick A. Lnlirnian Samuel J. Saylor 

Toney Trebino 

David Diamond 

Arthur D. Lynn Walter F. Scheible 

Benj. Tucker 

Antonio Di Plaoido 

Alexander McClean Charles Schnell 

Edmund Van Ingen 

Dennis F PriseoU 

SanuiHl L. McKown Mi.ha.-l G. Sclioenbolz Earl Van Why } ■ 

Morris Feldman 

Gal>riele Mangiuo Joscpli W. Schramm 

Leonard \ecchioiie 

Frank A. Fitz^'erald 

John Mauro Ignatius Seeger 

Antonio Vitello 

Thomas F. Fitz^erabi 

Edward J. Moran Guiseppe Sergi 

Russel Walker 

Rliea B. French 

Carl M. Mublseblegel Herbert E. Shaffer 

James T. Walsh 

Lloyd G. Friend 

John A. Murray Samuel Shapiro 

Louis L. Warren 

Merwyn C. Fuss 

John J. Murray James L. Sharwood 

Richard H. Watts 

Frederick J. Gerngross 

Morris Nachtigal Frank Sblamkowitz 

Bennie T. Webster 

Alva L. Correll 

Alfred A. Nagler Edwin F. Short 

Charles H. W'einz 


J«ts. Gramsky 

Walter H. Nieber Jack Siben 

Samuel Weiseman 

Grefforio Grandes 

Samuel Xovick Hyman Silverstein 

John Weltowsts 

Harry Gurell 

Dennis A. O'Connor Arthur Simonetti 

Herbert R. Williams 


Edward A. Hanlin 

Arcangelo Pallettc Louis Sinacore 

Samuel Wilson 


William F. Hansofsky 

Pasquale Panichelli Nathan Sirlin 

Albert Woerner 


Mark Harrison 

Charles Patterson Walter T. Smith 

Julius Wolfson 

(..;; 1 

Frank ITartman 

Morris I. Perlstein Nick S|.adca 

Joseph O. Veble 

Saniue! J. Harvey 

Anthony F. Peropapt Edwin D. Spare 

Pliilip Zal>Iii(loff 

William 1". HastiiiKs 

Morris Pestcoe A<l.dph Stccn 

Lni;-'i Zarrilli 


(Jeorge R. Hill 

Antonio Pettinato Albert H. Stern 

William Zink 

Henry G. Hoffman 

Nicholas Zywno 


Joined as Replacements — October 26, 1918 




Willie C. Adams 

Lee N. Cook Walter W. KoUmar 

John Ruiz 

George P. Antoiiacopoulos Patrick Daly Charles Lake 

Clarence E. Seidel 

Unsnrio Avcnia 

Stephen Esterly Frank J. Leve 

John Smith 

Hfib.-rl B. Ayres 

Irvine Eversole Oral R. McCleery 

Dethridge Snead 

Jani.s Bain 

Joe 0. Ezell Angelo Mercuri 

John J. Sobkowiak 

Willi:ini Baltodozzie 

Guiseppe Falcone Ervin E. Miller 

Same Sotfile 

Hurl L. Barnard 

John Farragamo Ray 0. Moser 

Nazzarreno Sorace 

Fri'd Banmeisier 

Henry M. Fletcher Walter Mussack 

Isrcal Sru|der 


Cliarles F. Bennett 

Cash Forbus Patrick O'Sullivan 

Powell Sutherland 

Walter Breese 

Ales Goleimbiweski Oscar Olson 

Nick A. Thorman 

Wilbert G. Brumley 

Francis P. Goss Lucius Parks 

Patrick Timony 

Willie E. Burch 

Ora H. Grizzel Samuel E. Perry 

Clarence J. Von Neida 

William R. Butler 

LeRoy Hauge Hulen W. Phelps 

Charles L. Warrington 

Ilenrv Cantavespie 

Earl G. Hilton Dayton Presley 

Ales Watlack 

Nicholas Cariofilies 

Amos Johnson John J. Quinn 

Alfred M. Wayland 

Francis F. Carton 

Howard C. Keiper Robert C. Richards 

Louis Werdann 


Earl Cline 

James Killeen Harry Rosenwald 

Birchard White 


Patrick Comer 

Harold Knight Robert H. Roy 

Fred B. Wivell 


Edward M. Coraery 

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Company E 

Company F 

Company G 

Company H 


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On September 22, 1917, Local Board No. 29, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 
sent to Camp Meade six men who were honored by being made charter members 
of Company E, 315th Infantry. Included in this lot were "Pat" Kelly, "Dick" 
Rorke and "Duck" Kun. These men were met by a reception committee, con- 
sisting of Lieutenants Hibbard and Gish, at the partially completed barracks 
R-16, which "E" Company at that time was sharing with Company "G" and 
"Doc" Bulford's hospital crew. That afternoon, another bunch was added, in- 
cluding Apau ("Sam") Kau, who hailed from Honolulu, "Louie" Miller, and 
"Mike" Keyes, a native of the Emerald Isle. The next morning two more lots 
blew into the Company fold, among them being "Berny" Sweeney, Peltz, Severin, 
Saks, Kade, Meyers, Sauer, Hughes, Conroy, Weise, Graupner, Freeley, and 
Widmaier. On the following Saturday, the 31st Training Battalion sent from 
R-40 "Rody" Rodenbaugh, "Hap" Walters, "Mop" Fealty, "Fritz" Gross, "Eddie" 
Joy, "Pop" Hackney, "Bull-dog" Granahan, and several others. 

Captain "Old Man" Miller, whom the boys soon learned to know was a 
diamond in the rough, now began in earnest the task of organizing this motley 
crew. The Company wa's "All Philadelphian" ; the "bloody" Fifth Ward fur- 
nished a jjart, to which South Philadelphia's "Ramcat" and "Devil's Pocket" 
added some more, and then Germantown's elite finished out the cjuota. Truly in 
this "melting pot" there was much melting to be done. In getting the Company 
started, Lieutenant Hibbard was given the job of fitting ( ? ) the men with 
clothing, and Lieutenant Gish was ])ut in charge of the mess. Lieutenant Eyler 
and Lieutenant Hackett were at this time on special duty with the Training 
Battalion and Lieutenant Murray was helping the Supply Company. The Com- 
pany did not want for officers, however, for late in the fall assistance came in 
the form of attached ofiicers. These included Captain Armstrong, who reminded 
us that the army gave us the best job we ever had, and Lieutenant "Cowboy" 
Boltz, who brought cold sweat to the brow of many a rookie. Later, Lieutenant 
Roth was added, and from him we learned the terrors of "setting-up exercises." 

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Noii-coniniissioiH'd officers were next considere(l. and "Rody" Rodeiihaui,'li 
was made "Top." Allen P. (Czar Ethan) Hetrick was made Supply Serjjcani 
and Sergeant Severin was made Mess Sergeant. Sergeant IIum])hreys for a lime 
held down the job of comjjany clerk, but was later sent to Regimental Head- 
quarters and a]jpointed Sergeant Major. Pager then moved into the orderly 
room. Early in November. "Charlie" Bloom, wlio knew the I. 1). R. from front 
to back, "Sam" Kau. "Al" t'ourcier, and "b'.d" .Sheridan were made sergeants. 
At the same time, "Achniral [•"letcher" Wilde, "Walt" Meyers, "Spence" Sauer, 
"Ed" Joy, "W.ilt" Wrighi. "Kay" I'ierce. ( )scar Callen, "Billy" Hughes, and 
"Hank" Boswell were made corporals, while "Ed" Kelly, "Dick" Rorke, "Tom" 
Powers and John Sweeney were made mechanics. On the transfer of Kelly, 
"Piggy" Freeley was given the crossed hammer che\ rons. This qu.artette of 
mechanics soon gained quite a rejnitation as "rustlers." or, in the p.irlance of the 
A. E. F., "saKage hounds." 

On Hallowe'en, with tlie assistance of friends of Bonnem and Rodner, the 
Company pulled off a \i-ry successful feed. In as nuich as the friends of Bcjunem 
were feminine friends, a large detail — ])ri\ates, "non-coms," and officers — volun- 
teered to help without the aid of a duty roster. Colonel Rosenbaum, Major 
Borden, and all of the Company officers were present, and, for the first time, the 
boys met Lieutenant Murray. Movies, speeches and singing by the l\odenl)augh- 
-Sauer-Kade-Huniphreys quartette rounded out an enjoyable evening. 

On November 4, 1917, the Company received about a hundred men from 
Philadeliihia, including "Detail jack" O'Donnell, Clasen, "Reds" O'Hea, Parkhill, 
Corson. Sauerblatt, and a "conscientious objector" who was later shipped to the 
Depot Brigade. What appeared to be a new officer turned out to be Paris in 
the uniform (leather ])ultees included) that he had worn on the border. Endless 
transfers and assigmnents during our Cam]) Meade davs made frequent changes 
among the N. C. O.'s. Martin, "Joe" Mctiosern, I'eltz and I'.iris received ser- 
geant's warrants on .April S, 1918, and on the first day of July, Saks. Kade, 
(iranahan and "Bill" Buckley, who migrated to us from the Supply Company, 
were authorized to wear three strijjes. More corporals were also made. During 
December, 1917. "Mike" Keyes : in Eebraury, 1918, Clasen, Scott. I'arkiiill, 
Neilson : and on Jul\ 1, 1918, "Duck" Kun, "Joe" Bailey, "Jack" ( )'Donnell, 
"Dutch" Grau])ner, "Dave" Sauerblatt, "Ray" Kuhl, Stinson, "Kid" Lynch, 
"Fritz" tiross, 'T^ig Ben" Conroy, "Ed" Gaiuion, "Dick" Waise, "Tom" Dawson, 
Earl Walker, formerly of Company "C," "Admiral" ."^adow, "Eppv " Epstein and 
Robb acquireil the two stripe chevron. John Kurz ("Mouth Organ") was made 
cook just before leaving Camp Meade. The original buglers were Nicholas 
and Neilson. Later "Sam" Taschner replaced Neilson. In the course of time, 
"Spence" Sauer was made su])i)ly corporal, and "Ha])" W'alters took over the 
supply sergeant job when "Czar" TIetrick was discharged. Cor])oral Clasen 
assisted in the orderly room. To Czarmecki goes the honor of being the first 
private t'lrst class — any man who shines the hob-nails on the soles of his shoes 
for Saturday morning insjjection should be made first class. 


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Company "E" at Cami- Meah 

Busy as the boys were most of the time, athletics were never forgotten. 
"Big Ben" Conroy, "Ray" Pierce, "Bill" Scott, "Louie" Miller and others fur- 
nished many a good bout. Many good games of baseball and football were 
played with other companies. Conroy and Kau made the Regimental Baseball 
Team and, on Decoration Day, Parkhill won first place in the Regimental Equip- 
ment Race. Thoughts of a grudge bout between Bach, the company tailor, and 
"A'Tonk" Zarzation, the company barber, still bring up a laugh among the boys. 
Schools took up quite a lot of the boys' time. Lieutenant Noonan, instructing the 
Battalion in bayonet training, had Maurice Saks go "over the top" of the 
bayonet course fifteen times one afternoon. Saks claims that the worst part of 
war is not always the drives. Kau, McGovern, Sheridan and Woodcock went to 
(Jfficers' Training .School, l)ut Woodcock was the only one of the quartette who 
was unfortunate enough to be made a second lieutenant. 

Many changes were made in the officers. "Kitchen" Hackett, who suc- 
ceeded in teaching the rookies that they were "Uncle Sam's soldiers and should 
be proud of it," was made Battalion Adjut;int. "Cowboy" Boltz was trans- 
ferred, "Fuzzy" Gurd also left us. Lieutenant Carroll was sent to "K" Company 
and later made captain. Lieutenants Boer, Jenkins and Titlebaum stopped with 
us a while and left for other parts. Captain Edmund T. Smith lived with us 
for a time, but finally left for an Embarkation Camp. Then Company "F" 
donated Lieutenant "Minnie" Borbidge, who made himself heard on all hikes. 
Lieutenant Borbidge holds all world's records as a cadence detective. 

Towards the close of June, when it became apparent that we were to join 
the A. E. P., there was a wild rush for a last trip home. Many of the men 
were fortunate enough to get passes, and some who were not so fortunate went 
anyhow. The men who still remained in that part of the 11th Training Battalion 

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wliicli w as attached to Coni])aiiy "E" were assigned to the C oiiipany. < )n Sun- 
day. |nl\ 7lh. tlie 3 officers and 23S men comprising "E" Company, entrained 
at Disney Station for Jersey City. A lialf-hour stop at Philadelphia enabled 
many to kiss their best girls and wives again before lea\ing. even if some other 
coni])any diil manage to refresh itself with the ct)ffee that had l)een reser\ed for 
us. ( )n boarding the Aincvicu. we learned that we were to be M. P.'s on the 
tnj). The duty of the ship .M. P. was to discover all places to stand or ])erch 
on the upper deck and then allow none of the enlisted personnel of the kh.iki 
kin(l to stand or sleep there. "V." Company liecame very popular. 

.\fter landing in France and pitching tents in the P)rest mud, the bovs started 
to sit up and take notice — to get ac(|uainted with l-'rance. < »n tlie trip (i\er 
Stracquadinio was taken sick, and, at Brest. Daub followed suit. Poth were 
evacuated to hospitals. Soon we were introduced to the joys of riding in {•"rencJt 
"side-door" Pullmans, which were usually labeled "40 Hommes — 8 Chevaux." 
This was soon parajihrased by "Tnm" Thring, "40 Hommcys too manv, S Shove- 

( )in- train finally dropped us at X'ivey-Chalmessin on Jidv 23th, 191S, ,ind 
the ne.\t day we set out with full packs for Aujeurres. There we were billeted 
in barns and stables, but it was not long before most of the boys were adopted 
by the hospitable natives of the village, and it became no uncommon sight to see 
a \illage belle being assisted by a doughboy of the Company in driving her cows 
down the village street. Shortly after arriving at Aujeurres, Wcymann, Dubbs, 
Cibson, .Swartz, Lord and Zoeller joined that portion of the "( iold Bricks" 
known as the Intelligence Department. Private Jones came to tlie (.'onipany 
troni .M.ichiiie Gun Company and Shields left the Company ami was assigned 
to .Machine (km. While at .\ujeurres, Martin, wdio had come overseas ahead 
of the Division, joined the Company and commenced teaching it the use of the 
bayonet according to the style being used that particular week. About the same 
time Lieutenant Crawford was transferred to the Companv. In the latter ])art 
of .August, Mower was promoted to mechanic and .Sergeant Keyes (then cor- 
]K)ral ) was made Battalion (las .\. C. (J. Sergeant Granahan and ".Snu-11 
anything Joe" Bailey were made Comjiany Gas N. C. O.'s and had little difficult\- 
in kee])ing tlie four gas alarms in the town in perfect working order. While at 
Cam|) .Meaile. Lieutenant Eyler had been made Battalion Gas Officer. .\t 
.\ujeurres much time was spent in ritle ])ractice, throwing grenades and per- 
fecting the organization of the Com])anv. 

< hi l'"rida\'. the thirteenth of September, we got our tirst taste of a "(|uiel 
sector" of trenches and i)ecame familiar with dugouts, rats of every size and 
kind, mud and wire entanglements, .\fter a couple of days, we finally got some 
definite idea of where "Fritzie" was supposed to be, but it was hard to realize 
that there were any Boche within miles, for the sector was so quiet that the boys 
unrolled their packs on the top of the trenches. We rotated from the front line 
to Cainiebiere ( Can-of-Beer) trenches in support and then to P. C. Caesar in 
reserve. While in the front line. Sergeant Peltz was sent to the Officers' Training 
School and later commissioned ; Lieutenants Crawford and Borbidge and Sergeant 

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Parkhill returned from 2nd Corps School, at Chatillion-sur-Seine ; and Cor- 
poral Clasen. Corporal Lynch, Godshalk and Muench were sent to Aeroplane 
School tor three days to learn signals between aeroplanes and the ground. Just 
before the drive. Private Sleninier was detached for duty with the Burial Detail ; 
Fox and Kairys were put on special duty with the Divisional Disbursing Ofificer ; 
Private Long was transferred to Brigade Headquarters ; and O'Leary, Gerlach, 
Novia, McCarthy and Evans were evacuated to hospitals. 

What the 79th Division did at Montfaucon ( Meuse-x\rgonne OfYensive) from 
September 26-30, 1918, is now a matter of history. It goes without saying that 
Company "E" did all of its share from the time it entered the battle as brigade 
reserve on September 26th until September 30th, 1918, when, in the front line 
position, it was fighting for a foothold in the woods north of Nantillois. Follow- 
ing the drive, came the long hike which landed us in Camp Gibraltar where we 
were all treated to a bath. It was a rare treat for this was October 5th and we 
had had otir last bath just prior to leaving Aujetirres on September 7th. Naturally 
by this time cooties had become our bosom friends. Many of the men were taken 
sick from the lack of food and water and exposure to rain and cold during the 
drive, and, while at Camp Gibraltar, were evacuated to the hospital. 

Privates Carney, Kupka, Marcelli, Marcuccio and Yeakel were sent to Supply 
Company. Gallagher and Metzler were made corporals. "Hap" Walters, "Charlie" 
Bloom, Martin and Lyman Lord were sent to the r)fficers' Training School. 
Parkhill was made sergeant and then supply sergeant to fill the vacancy caused 

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l)y Walters being sent to school. Lieutenant Borbidge was transferred and made 
Second Battalion Gas Officer. .MkhU the middle of ( )ctober, Lieutenant .Murray 
and "Bill" Buckley were sent to Third Corps School. Captain Miller was sent 
to command the Third Battalion, temporarily, and Lieutenant Crawford returned 
to command the Company. Private Lynch was made bugler and Hoffman a 
mechanic on October 21st, and the next day's morning report siiowed Keyes 
■■.\])pt. Sgt. fr. Corporal." .\t this juncture our first replacements arrived: 
Anderson. Brandon, Buch, Buchanon, Broughton, Bulgerin and .\hrens. Mintz 
and Silverthorne were sent on special duty with the Division ivail-head Detail. 
On the 25th, Lieutenant Ilibbard's much overdue promotion to b'irst Lieutenant 
arrived. ( )n the return of Captain Miller at the end of the month. Lieutenant 
Crawford went to "G" Company. 

By October the 28th, we had reached our position in the Grande Montague 
Sector, where we were kept constantly "on the hop" tmtil. on the morning of 
November 11th, 191S, Lieutenant Hibbard brought to the Company the best 
order it had ever recei\ ed. "Firing ceases at eleven o'clock." Prom])tly at eleven 
o'clock the firing ceased and the fog began to lift. Every one started to gather 
wood and build fires, and soon "E" Company's quartette was going strong. 
Seventy-one men of the Company were on the firing line this eleventh hour of 
the eleventh day of November. Ca])tain Miller at this time was commanding 
the First Battalion and Lieutenant llibbaril commanded the Company. 

The period from November 11th to December 26th. 1918, was marked by 
poor eats, falling buildings, issues of new clothing, including the "beloved" English 
shoes (Supply Officers are still trying to convince limping doughboys that these 
are "comfortable" shoes), the Thanksgiving parade and Christmas. Immediately 
after the armistice. Lieutenants Rice and Lyerly joined the Company, but Lieu- 


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A .MiiTciRizEi) Kitchen Being Demonstrated at Company "E" Barracks 

tenant Rice was soon transferred to a regular Army Division, (iradually some 
of the evacuated boys drifted back to the Company, and, before we left Damvillers, 
Weymann, Wilde, Epstein, O'Hea, Segletes, Joy, Slater, Marks, Fairo, Metzler, 
Hamilton, Meyers, Korn and Varley again lined up with the old bunch. Wigmore 
Smith, Stadelman, Duffy, Wright, Kelly, Renter and V'on Wysock were evac- 
uated sick to have their frost bitten feet attended to. 

Just before Thanksgiving, Earl Walker was made Sergeant and Corson a cor- 
poral. About the middle of November, Captain Miller returned to the Company, 
but on the thirtieth he was transferred to Headquarters Company and Captain 
Joseph D. Noonan took command. Captain Noonan was far from being a stranger 
to the older men of the Company, most of whom had received bayonet instruction 
under him at Camp Meade. Leaves were now in order. Ten men left for Aix- 
les-Bains and returned with tales of beds with white sheets, meals from china 
plates, bath-tubs and — madamoiselles. 

At Damvillers, the boys broke all records for letter writing, and the new 
mail orderly, "Sam" Taschner, tried to requisition some transportation for the 
helmets which were being sent to the folks at home. Making rings from silver 
franc pieces became the indoor sport of the Company. This became such a habit 
that even the Company Commander fell for it. Ask any man in "E" Company 
'AVhat did you eat for Thanksgiving Dinner?" and tiie answer will come tout de 
suite, "Corn Willie." But we try to think only of the glorious time we had at 
the Burlesque Parade arranged by the "king of Chaplains," Richard V. Lancaster. 

About the middle of December, Bailey, Gannon, Campbell, Stockert and 
Wcidner jumped to Headquarters Company and Buckley returned from Third 
Corps School. Friel, Buch and Varley went to Machine Gun Company, but 
Varley returned. Then came the appointment of the "Armistice" Corporals, 

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including Pierce. Narducci, I'^ealty, Lord. Reverie, Miiench and l-"o\vler. Christ- 
mas Uay arrived and with it the Government issue of corned beef and canned 
potatoes, but Captain Noonan had already jjroved himself to he an "I'ser-Keady 
Check Writer," and Chaplain Lancaster made a trij) to Nancy, st) that nothini,'- 
was missing that day. That Christmas dinner will long be remembered as one 
of the bright s])ots in the history of the Company. 

The three days hike, starting the day after Christmas, landed us in Neuville- 
en-\'erdunois. The only thing pretty about this town was the name. The boys 
"existed" in this burg for thirteen weeks. During these weeks the following 
changes took [)lace : Kane. Kenijier. Nelson. Merron. Kun, Short. J. J. Smith. 
\'on Wysock. .Sillers. McCarthy. (Iranahan, Widni.iier, Reiley, Renter. Rowen. 
Schlecht. Meluskey. Iliggins. I'etrosinio. ( I'I'.rieii. Dawson. ;nid W'eigand came 
back to the Comjiany during January. Lieutenants I Milliard and Kade followed 
Lieutenants Lyerly and I'aris to Tliird Corjis School, .■iiid Dudley joined the Com- 
pany from Comjiany "L." Lieutenant Richmond was assigned to the Company 
late in January. 

The month of l'"ebruary saw Lieutenant De Paul joining the Comjianv. gi\- 
ing us once again a full cjuota of ofilicers. (iranahan made the Regimental and 
Divisional Rifle Teams. Hilton, Korn. Cunning, and Sheehan were evacuated sick 
to hospitals. Johnson, aide-de-camp to ( )'Hea, left for the M. P.'s ; Sergeant Saks 
and Lieutenant DePaul started off for Third Corps .School; "Rob" Mamilton was 
transferred to the O. M.. where he was soon made sergeant, and Slater rejoined the 
Company The s;inu- month saw Harry Prager shift to Hea(k|uarters Company. 
Then in .March. Ca])tain Noonan left to take charge of one of the Divisional 
Schools. ( )T)onnell was tinallv allowed to sew on the three stripe chevrons he 
had been carrying in his pocket for two months and was also given a coveted 
whistle and authority to blow same. Robinson. Marks, .Swartz, Hackney, Gross 
and Kane were promoted to corporals, and "Tony" Spano was transferred to the 
.5U4th Ammunition Train, Next, the educational fe\er caught the Company, and 
Muench, .\hirks. Lord. Meluskey, Nelson and Adair became .\rmy students. 
Batches of men were always on leave and it was reported that at the leave areas 
"E" Compau}' men .ilw.iys managed to "co])" the fairest niadamoiselles. 

Billets were being built outside the town, a rifle range was being built, every- 
thing was getting comfortable, when the long expected hap|)ened. Five days 
hard hiking brought us to Rimaucourt on .\])ril Fool's Day. and we stayed there 
until April 23rd. 1919. During our stay. Howard, Gentile and "Hap" Walters 
returned to the Company and " .W" Courcier was made "Top." L'rank ( irittin. 
leader of the famous "comb and tissue paper" band, was discharged, and if 
Frank went to see all the folks home whose addresses the boys ga\e him, he 
must be still going. "Mouth Organ" Kurtz and Kairys soon followed Griffin 
to the good old L'. S. .\. "Sam" Taschner was made corporal and imnieiliately 
put chevrons on his clothing from overcoat to R. \'. D.'s. .\t the last rejjort 
he was arranging to have two stripes tattooed on his arm. < )rlando got a pass 
to Italy, and. when he returned. Lombardo wanted to know if he had :>.'alkrd 
back. All details to Divisional Schools were returned to participate in the review 


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Fox Holes Dug Along Railroad Track bv Troops of the Second 
Battalion in the Attack on Cote d'Orne 

of the Division by General Pershing on April 12, 1919. What happened to the 
dinner of sandwiches and eggs, which the "cuisine" had prepared for the boys that 
day, has never been explained. Two days later the Regiment was reviewed by 
Secretary Daniels' party and what is even more wonderful — the whole Regiment 
was actually hauled in trucks to and from the reviewing field. 

As in the past, numerous improvements were made in the barracks, and a 
rifle range was nearing completion when we were loaded on American box cars 
and were soon "flying" towards the Nantes area. Beautour was the next town 
honored with our presence, the people of which proved to be the most hospitable 
we had met in our travels. We were now in the S. O. S., and inspections 
and M. P.'s became a regular nightmare. At the suggestion of Chaplain 
Lancaster, the Battalion had a monster burlesque parade. All of the costumes 
were borrowed from the French of the village, further proof of the good feeling 
between the natives of this town and our boys. "E" Company had the largest 
turn-out and made a big hit all along the line. 

W'hile at Beautour, "Tom" Thring returned from a long trip with the Regi- 
mental Show and was made a corporal. Andrae was made cook. Then came 
word that Lieutenant Murray had Ijeen transferred to the Second Division and was 
to proceed to the Army of Occupation. A letter, signed by the sergeants in the 
name of the Company, was written and beautifully engrossed by "Russ" Adair. 
On Sunday morning, the Company was formed in honor of the Lieutenant and 
the First Sergeant read the farewell message. Lieutenant Murray made a touch- 

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ins s])ecch, bidding' oocid-liye to the Company and thanking- tlicni for their good 
will. We were more than sorry to lose him. Inn we feel thai he understands 
something of the love and respect that all our men have for him. Just before leav- 
ing Beaulour, Lieutenant Spencer came to the Company from the Third Division. 

The last journey on French soil began May 12, 1919. on which date tin- 
Coni])any left Beautour and entrained for Saint Xazaire. Many of the inhabi- 
tants of the village walked two kilometers to bid the boys good-bye at the station, 
and the Company in turn was more than sorry at parting with the best friends 
it had made in France. We were held at Saint Nazaire from May 12tli to May 
16th, and it didn't seem like more than a month. Late on the afternoon of May 
lOdi, the L'omi)any tiled up the gang-])lank of the U. S. S. Santa k'usa and settled 
itself for a two weeks ocean voyage. The eats coming over on the Santa Kosa 
(nicknamed the Santa Roller) were so horrible that many of the doughboys 
invited the commissary steward to walk up as far as Arch street with them 
when the boat docked. Had he done so, it is doubtful if he would ha\e e\er 
returned under his own power. 

However, e\en the shortcomings of the commissary department were for- 
gotten when the Company finally landed in the old I'. S. A. .\ (|uick dash to 
Camp Di.x, a day or so's agitation concerning a parade in I'liiladclphia (parade 
finally squelched), a few days wandering between the barracks and the discharge 
center, and the long awaited day arrived. On June 9th, 1919, the last member 
of "E" Company was handed his discharge papers, and the Company formally 
passed out of existence. 

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llVFAN i'RY 

Roster of Company E 


September I, 1918 



A. Mill.r 


SK<0.\1> I 


Friink S. Cnnvfurd 

J.ilni J. I!..rl.iili;e 

Edpar J. Eylor 



Juhii V. Murray 



ClnrtMice I). Rndenbaugh Iliirry 

L. Severin 

George L. Walter 



Cliiirh's E. Ulooin .Inines \V. FiiRor 

Apjin Kiiu 

Harold S Paris 

William P. lUicklcy Jaiiifs A. Cranahan 

\ ini-eiit Miirtin 

Henry Pcltz 

Alh.Tt Coiin-iHr (;eiirK>' Kailo 

.lust-pli F. .MriJdvcni 

Maurice Saks 



Jdst'pli A. Haik'.v Fretl E. (JraupiuT 

WiiltiT C. Me.vers 

Havid Sanbcrblatt 

Charles J. Huswt'U John Gross 

Jiiscph H. Xi-ilscin 

Spencer H. Saner 

Osi-ar G. Ciilli'ii William H. Huglios 

Herbert J. O'Cotuior 

William J. Scott 

Hiiwanl T. Clast-n Edward J. Joy 

Juhii 1'. 0-I)uiinell 

Edwani Stinsnn 

ItviUMlii-t Coiirny Midia.d J. Kcyes 

Willanl II. I'urkliill 

Earl Walker 

'I'honias J. Hawsou Uayinuiid A. Kuhl 

liii.viii..ii.l A. I'ierce 

Kicliard G. Weise 

Knln'rt F. Epstein Alexander Kun 

SiiTiiui-1 A. Rubli 

Fre.leriik G. Wilde 

Edward A. Gannon John F. Lynch 

Siiinupl Sndow 

Walter W. Wriflil 




Jiisapnls Griglis Jnsepli ( 

. Frt'fley 

Joseph A. Nii'holas 

ISoleslaw Groehowski Thiinias 

J. Towers 

Samuel Taschner 

Ah'ksander Jekuia Richard 

J. Uorke 

John J. Kurz John F. 





Maurice J. Corson Harrison Godshatk 

Elliclt M. Kobinson 

John J. Sillers 


Leroy Dulilis Thomas I', llowanl 

Clmrles Huberts 

Harry P. Weymann 


James I'. Fahey 

Ernest P. Witlmaicr 


Russell H. Adair Charles J. Guie 

Michael Mareucoio 

Ira B. Ri|.-hlcr 

Harvey G. Alspach William S. Gnnninp 

Paul H. Marks 

Elmer C. Ritchie 

Harry Andrae Geor^ie P. Hackney 

Giovanni Mauri2zi 

William Kowen 

Raffaele Avato Robert S. Hamilton 

Kilward C. McCarthy 

Casumino Uusao 

Andrew H. Bauer Anthon Hanns 

James II. McChlskey 

Chester H. Sanders 

Harry J. Bernhardt William C. Hanna 

John W. MeGahie 

Frank Scbeid 

William H. RertoUet iMiarles J. Hartmann 

Alliin A. Meluskey 

Elwood E. Sdilarb 

Rertrand L. Reyerle John F. Hediger 

Charles Mercer 

Daniel R. S.hlecbt 

Norman T. Roehm John Herron 

IMetro Merola 

Harry ScbmalenberKer 

Thomas S. Hoone Walter S. Ilififfins 

Howard A. Messick 

William Schuler 

ThiMidore Rorowski Grimsliaw J. Hilton 

Frederick S. Metzler 

Adolpll Scclctes 

otto I'.ossert Fred Hoffman 

Albert B. Miller 

William Seller 

William J. Rnrke Robert R. Hoffman 

Frederick N. Miller 

Tliomas Slieidiau 

Iluuli CamplH'U Samuel J. Hubbell 

John C. Miller 

Thomas J. sliort 

James J. Carney Edward Huss 

Oliver Mills 

Charles II. Sllverlhorne 

William A. Carr William J. Johnson 

Xicola Minotti 

Walter O. Skinner 

Charles H. Chamberlain Hugh F. Jones 

Joseph Mintz 

Erwin A. Skrohanek 

John J. Ctien Walter I>. Kairys 

Orazio Mirabillio 

Oliver T. Slater 

William V. Derriek Charles J. Kane 

John F. Monaghan 

i'harles W. Slenliner 

Harry F. Diamond Edward R. Kary 

I-onis E. Mower 

Clinton E. Smith 

(JeorRe J. Dieterly Charles J. Kelly 

Itiissell E. Muencb 

Edward A Smith 

Charles A. Itougherty Patrick Kellv 

Mii-hael Nardncci 

Isidore Smilli 

Neil J. Duffy John S. Kemp.-r 

Itenjaniin Nelson 

John J. Sniitli 

Thonnis J. Esbensen Thomas Ki-nnt-y 

Cliarles Newbonrg 

Tony Spauo 

William M. Evans Janifs T. Kiiisrr 

Itioiiinol Novia 

.biscpli stadelnian 

Joseph M. Fain. Fran. is I'. Kh's.hi.k 

Tliunias A. O'Brien 

William T. Stoinhauer 

Salvatore Fanelli Charles V. Kriu.-ltl.- 

I'.al.lnssare Oddo 

.Micliael Stock 

Charles F. Fealty Earl W, Korn 

William H. O'llea 

Isidore J. stockert 

William Fierick Arthur J. Kunz 

M;niriic E. O'Leary 

Fretlerick C. Stnmm A, Fb'ming Felix Knpka 

Tli..ma8 C. O'Neil 

John Surdi 

William M. Fowler J(»hn Kurtmas 

'I'eodure Orlando 

Willard A. Swartz 

Joseph J. Fox Fred Kyros 

'I'bomas Pasiiual 

Thomas V. TbriuK 

James M. Fiiy I.eonanl Lanp 

Doincnico Petrisino 

Micliael V. Varley 

Patrick J. Friel Peter Lazowski 

Josep Pines 

Jolin V. VoiiWysock 

Maurice I,. Gallagher Joseph Lombnrdo 

Charles Placido 

Tliomas A. Walls 

Joseph Gentile Robert R. Ixng 

John J. Powers 

Michael Wciu'and 

Andrew P. Gerlac John I.opiptTo 

Harry P. Praper 

John W. Weldner 

Charles P. Gettz Rrure L. Lord 

Harry II. Preston 

Harrv J. Wljriuore 

James M. Gibson I.ymnn C. I.ord 

(ieor;re Kamntao 

William J. Wilson 

Morris Goldstein Joseph A. T.yui-b 

James A. Rejran 

Patrh-k Wynne 

Walter O. Goodman Peter J. Mctiuire 

Thomas J. Ueilly 

Andrew J. Yeakid 

Michael J. Goonan Stejihen Mashk 

Harry W. Uiinoehl 

I'eter S. Yost 

Jacob P. Goshorn Tito Marcelli 

John Keuter 

Frank ZoeUer 


Frank (Jriffln 

loined as Replacements — October 26, 1918 



William H. RroughtiMi 

Albert Al 


Ross H. Buch 

Charles J 


Julius Rnlgerin 

Fred Brandon 

Floyd C. 



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Company "F," of the 315th Infantry, was organized on Septeniher 17, 1917, 
with Captain John B. Mustin in direct command. He was assisted by First 
Lieutenants Walter Gallagher and William A. Sheehan and Second Lieutenants 
Thomas A. Ashbridge, David A. Wiley and John J. Borbidge. On the afternoon 
of September 23, 1917, the Company received an assignment of 97 men from 
Local Board No. 4, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, all of whom were members 
of the first selective service contingent to reach Camp Meade. Immediately upon 
their arrival, these men were marched to Barracks R-24, which was to be the 
home of Company "F" for the time being. Bed-sacks were filled, the "rookies" 
put away their first mess of army beans with the aid of the regulation mess-kit, 
and "F" Company started its military career in real earnest. 

The organization strength was augmented on September 29th by additions 
from the 21st Training Battalion and on October 5th by additions from numerous 
local boards in Philadelphia. Meanwhile, the Company went through the inocula- 
tions, physical examinations and preliminary introduction to discipline which 
constituted the early period of its training, .\cting non-commissoned officers 
were selected from the ranks, and a tem[)orarv organization was eftected with 
Guy W. Smith as First Sergeant. 

As fall wore on, training was taken up on a more extensive plan. Various 
schools were estaljlished throughout the Division in gas instruction, bayonet 
work, field fortifications, sniping and scouting, and small detachments of men 
were sent from time to time to these schools. Throughout this period, there 
were repeated consignments of men for the Companv and also numerous trans- 
fers. Nevertheless, the temporary organization had become practically a perma- 
nent one. The men began to show proficiency in the manual of arms, close order 
drill and extended order work, and the excellence of the formal guard mounts 
put on by "F" Company is a matter of Camp Meade historv. 

Christmas was coming on, and every one was looking forward to going 
home for the holiday. Suddenly an order came through revoking all passes, and 
a protest parade, led l)y Corporal Boardman, with a stirring slogan and song 
was organized. In the end, howe\'er, five day passes were given out, but there 

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Company "F" at Camp Meade 
we felt we ever had to endure, at least until we started putting on gas masks for 
four hours after we got across and began training. 

On Thursday morning, July ISth, we sighted land and dropped anchor 
about 4 P. M. in the harbor of Brest. The following day, we were lightered 
ashore, marched through the town of Brest and pitched camp outside the famous 
Pontanezen Barracks. Our arrival in France introduced us to a rest camp of 
rain and mud. On Saturday afternoon, we received our first bath overseas, which 
consisted of one drop of cold water at a time, ajiplied in about four counts. 

After a brief stay of three days, we boarded French trains which gave us 
our first introduction to the now famous "40 Hommes 8 Chevaux." We traveled 
across the fields of France through beautiful country and finally detrained on 
the fourth day at Vivey-Chahnessin. For a while we lay, like a lost battalion, 
along the road aroimd the station not knowing where to go, until a modern Paul 
Revere on a motorcycle brought orders. We pitched tents there and remained 
over night until noon the next day, when we began a 22 kilometer hike to 
Aujeurres, in the Tenth Training Area. 

Yet even with the arduous task of whipping ourselves into shape, our time 
there was not without its sideplays. It was now that we really became acquainted 
with the Vin Sisters, and the A. E. F. battlecry "Finis La Bierre." We had a 
little club located at No. 79, and it had quite a membership until the night the 
guard was called out to quell an argument between Larry Kennedy and a French- 
man with a game leg. As a result of this fracas, our meeting place was declared 
"Out of bounds." 

Rumors were many. Each day brought us something "official," but it was 
not until September 8th, the week after our Labor Day hike, that we did actually 
start for the front. We hiked 15 kilometers to Vaux where we boarded our pull- 
mans for Revigny, an all-night ride. The following day, after "chow," we hiked 
15 kilometers more to Mogneville. There we camped for the night and proceeded 
next morning in torrential rains to Brillon. where we arrived about five P. M., 
weary, drenched and hungry. 

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\Vc remained at Brillon for two days, while a party consisting of I'.alialion 
and Company Commanders went ahead to reconnoiter the positions we were to 
occupy. On the night of Thursday, September 12th, after a careful and thorough 
inspection, two bandoleers of ammunition were distributed to each man. W'e 
were then packed in systematic fashion into French auto trucks, dri\cn \>\- Indo- 
Chinese chauffeurs, and carried forward toward the trenches. 

We debussed at midnight near Blercourt and could hear distinctly the rumble 
of the guns on the line. We later made our way afoot to Dombasle, in the ruins 
of which we found shelter. After having hot chocolate the next lufirning, we 
hiked to Cam]) !•",. in the Forct de Hesse, and there remained until 9 o'clock that 

When darkness had set in, we moved forward a distance of 12 kilometers, 
reached and entered the Cannebiere system of trenches, and ex])erienced our 
first taste of shell fire, .\bout 11 ;50 P. M., we relieved the 333rd Infantry, of 
the 157th French Division, and established ourselves in the reserve line, holding 
this position for three days, during which time we supplied all ration details 
for the front line companies. 

We relieved "E" Company on the front line on September 17th. During 
our five days occupancy of the trenches, we suffered no casualties, despite the 
fact that we experienced several bombardments and two visitations of Boche 
airmen, who made successful raids upon our observation balloons. Companv 
"K" relieved us early in the morning of Thursday, .September 19th, and we re- 
turned to Camp E. On the way back, the Second Platoon received a shower of 
gas shells through which it emerged unscathed, although having to "double-time 
it" out of the shelled area. 

We s])ent several days in these woods, during which time prejiarations for 
the mammoth drive were going on all about us. Then, at 8:30 P. M., September 
25th, we left again for the front, but this time actually to engage in battle. Dur- 
ing the heavy bombardment, which began at 11 :30 P. M. that night, the First and 
Third Platoons lay along the Esnes-Avocourt road, and the Second and Fourth 
Platoons in a communicating trench leading up to the front line. .\t 6:25 A. M.. 
on September 26th, "F" Company made its first trip over the top, the First and 
Third Platoons under the command of Captain McClintock, the Second and 
Fourth Platoons under the command of Lieutenant Sheehan. Our Comjjanv was 
given the task of "mopping up" for the front line companies: The First Platoon, 
under Lieutenant Murrell. for "C" Company; one half of the Third Platoon, 
under Sergeant Leuschner, for "A" Company; the other half of the Third Pla- 
toon, under Lieutenant Wiley, for "D" Company ; the Second Platoon, under 
Lieutenant .\shbridge, for "I" Company : the I-'ourth Platoon, under Sergeant 
Barr, for "K" Company. 

In these positions the Company moved forward under protection of a smoke 
screen, encountering little resistance. However, we were fortunate enough to 
aid in the capture of 42 prisoners in one batch, and later Corporal Treacy's squad 
bagged five more. The first day's engagement cost us slight casualties. .\l night- 
fall, we were scattered about the environs of Haucourt and Malancourt. Here 
W'e spent the night, in a drizzle of rain, in the Hindenburg trench system. 

The next morning, September 27th, the attack w-as renewed, but slight prog- 
ress was made because of the stern resistance encountered by the 313th Infantry 

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r.AVoNprr Practice W'iih Masks 

on the slopes of Moiitfaucon to our left. Not until after tiie successful storming 
of these heights could we continue the advance. By evening, we rested beyond 
Montfaucon in "Windmill Valley," having gained 7^/ kilometers in the two 
days' offensive. During the afternoon, we encountered our first concentrated 
artillery fire, which continued well into the night, making sleep impossible al- 
though we sufi^ered no casualties. With daybreak, we slung packs and formed 
for the attack, the platoons supporting the same companies as before, with the 
exception of the Second, which changed from "I" Company to "L" Company. 
Our Regiment was the advance regiment. 

The ridge north of Montfaucon was attacked in the face of machine gun and 
direct artillery fire, and the advance swept on through Nantillois, passing through 
a terrific barrage in the vicinity of the railroad about a kilometer north of the 
ridge. With Nantillois behind us, we moved on in the face of severe artillery 
fire, crossed "Suicide Hill" and entered the Bois des Ogons. 

The Regiment, being unable to hold the Bois des Ogons, owing to severe 
artillery and machine gun fire, dug in on "Suicide Hill," where the troops estab- 
lished a firing line on the woods just evacuated. After thirty minutes of prep- 
aration by a machine gun barrage, assisted by five tanks, several units succeeded 
in entering the woods, but were again forced to relinquish their gain after los- 
ing considerable men. 

We spent the night on "Suicide Hill" in a downpour of rain and a severe 
bombardment, which began about 2 A. M. the following morning. This merciless 
bombardment cost us heavily, but just before daylight the Battalion was formed 
at the foot of the hill for the attack. By this time the men were thoroughly 
exhausted from three days lack of food and exposure to the incessant rain, but, 
with wonderful morale, they again assaulted the Bois des Ogons. As in the 
preceding attacks, this advance was made without artillery support, and, as 
before, the woods were gained but were unable to be held. In abandoning the 
woods, we were forced to leave behind the bodies of our dead comrades, among 
them Lieutenant Sheehan. 

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All (lur eft'orts had been una\ailing, as our own arlillery was slill tar in the 
rear, having been unable to keep up with the rapid advance of the infantry. ( )n 
the other liand. the enemy, aided by observation of one of his balloons in the 
north(.a^t and the reconnaissance of several low flying planes, had our position 
perfectly marked and continued to rain shell after shell upon us, making our 
position on the hill untenable. We changed position reluctantly to the N'antillois- 
Cunel road, lea\ing small outjiosts on "Suicide llill." and there awaited our relief, 
which was momentarily e.\j)ected. (^n the following day, Se]jtember viOlh, we 
were relieved and toward e\ening reached our first resting place, a hillside west 
of Malancourt. 

There we passed the night and, on the following morning, breakfasted and 
returned again to Normandy Woods, where we were served with hot coffee. 
After resting two days, we l)egan the memorable hike to ("librallar, S])ending 
successive nights near Senencourt and Recourt, and reaching Camp (iibraltar 
about one o'clock in the afternoon of the third day. .\t this time many of the 
men were suffering from severe cases of dysentary, and the "flu" necessitated 
the e\acuation of a great number, including Lieutenant Wiley on ( )ctober 9th and 
Ca]>tain McClintock on (October 18th. Lieutenant Murrell assmned command 
when Ca])tain McClintock was sent away to the hospital. 

At C.ini]) Gibraltar the regular program of drills was again inaugurated and 
maintained during our stay. The benefit obtained during this period of com- 
parative rest was further enhanced by the receipt of mail and the first newspajier 
we had seen for many days. A call for candidates to attend the ( )fhcers Training 
School was sent out through the A. E. F. and Sergeants Barr, Campbell, Leusch- 

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French Pill-Box at the Cross-Ruad in Dombasle Where Colonel Knowles Gave His 
Final Instrl'ctions to the Regiment Before Its Entrance Into the Trenches 

iier and Romer, whose services during the drive had proved invakiable to us, 
were sent to represent "F" Company. 

Although we enjoyed a spell of peace and quietitude, we were actually at 
this time occupying a reserve position, a fact which was not generally apparent 
to the boys until the night of Monday, October 21st. After almost the entire 
Company had retired this night, we were suddenly startled by an order to make 
up our packs with all possible speed. .\t 8 P. M., burdened with our usual 
equipment and, in addition, with as much extra ammunition as we could possibly 
manage to carry, we set out to reinforce troops on the St. Mihiel salient, on 
information that the Germans were about to launch a counter attack. We pro- 
ceeded as far as \\'oimbey, about six kilometers from our starting point, and the 
following morning returned. On Wednesday, October 23rd, we began another 
march that was to bring us again against the Boche. We spent three days in 
the woods near Recourt where we received our first replacements, 20 men. 

On October 26th, we began forced marches to our new sector. The first 
day brought us into the Bois de Bourrus near Germonville, where Second Lieu- 
tenant Elton B. McGowan was assigned for duty with us. On October 28th, 
we made a six hour journey to the Bois de Forges. From there we ]3roceeded 
the following night after dusk on the last lap of our journey to the Bois de 
Consemoye. We crossed to the east bank of the Meuse River and proceeded 
along the Brabant-Consenvoye Road, where we observed the activity of the 104th 
and 105th Field Artilleries as their guns flashed and thundered in their effort 
to conceal our movements. We reached the edge of the Consenvoye Woods and 
penetrated it to a depth of some two hundred or three hundred yards. The 
heavy odor of mustard gas, hanging about this sector, compelled us to don our 
gas masks, and we proceeded in this fashion for a short distance. In a storm 
of enemy H. E., which burst about us and caused casualties in the First Battalion 
immediately ahead, we hurried up into our position and relieved a com])anv of 
the 114th Infantry, 29th Division. 

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III niakins,' this relief, \vc estalilished ourselves in a series of shell holes that 
skirted the edij;e of a clearinsj and stretched along the northern slope of a vallev 
which we later appropriately termed "Death \'alley-" We were within 50 yards of 
the enemy. On our left lay "E" Company, while on our right we held contact with 
Company "A." The assortment of machine gun bullets, whiz bangs, one-pounders 
and rifle grenades, that had been served us by the Germans on the night of our 
entry, varied little as to quantity or variet\- during the course of the eigiit days 
we held this line. The nature of our position made it extremely difficult at all 
times, and frequently impossible, to bring up food and water. It was not until 
the third day there that a detail from the Company braved the i)erils of Death 
X'alley and successfully brought back "slum," bootjack, and "Frog" bread in 
sufticient quantity to give every man a \ery little. Though the "slum" was sour, 
under any circumstances it would have been welcomely received. 

In the early evening of November .ir<l. we were relieved. Company ".\" 
moving over to the left to take up the position held by the Second I'latoon, while 
"B"' Company relieved one-half of the First Platoon. The other half of the 
latter platoon, however, was not relieved until the next afternoon, when it filtered 
back through the forest and across the valley only to learn, scarcely an hour later, 
that the Company had to return to the "holes." This time the Second Platoon 
repaired to its original position, but the First Platoon went o\er to the riglit of 
the Second, relieving Company "A." 

On November 7th, at dusk, a period of comparative cjuiet was suddenly 
broken by a terrific impouring of shot and shell. The valley just a bit to the 
rear was filled to its brim with deadly gas fumes. The ( ierman machine gunners 
directly in front of our men raked them with a sweejiing fire. At first, it was 
thought that the Germans were attempting a raid, but, after we retaliated by 
opening up every piece on the line, their fire subsided. Quiet was again restored 
and the customary une\entful night was passed, after we had done e\ervthing 
])ossible to relieve those who fell wounded. 

Tlie advanre of November 8th started the following morning. The Company, nn- 
(Icr Lieutenant Murrell, moved out to the northwest a'ong the Etraye road, which was 
littered with bodies, victims of the night before. On tlie evening of this day we reached 
a line of trenches near Etraye, where we spent the night, while a jiatrol was sent out 
to secure information regarding the enemy's i)osition. 

.\t 6 A. M. the next morning. .\'ove!nl)er 9th, we advanced toward Etraye reaching 
it by 9 A. M.. and entering by a side street. There details were sent back to bring up 
rations. We had been in Etraye about a half hour when the Boche guns opened up 
again. Under tins terriinc t'lre, our Conii)any advanced through Etraye and to the 
north and east of the town in line of coinliat groui)s. With shells bursting all about, 
we pressed our way to a position along the Wavrille-Damvillers road. Mere a tcrrilic 
b'unbardment caused Lieutenant Murrell to give us by the right flank, a move which 
took us out of the area that was being so thoroughly combed by high explosives. Not 
bein.g able to secure the necessary artillery sujiport. we rested that afternoon and niglit 
in dugouts and "Elephant Ears" about .300 meters south of Damvillers, Considerable 
casualties were caused during the night by direct hits of high explosives on a few of 
these protections. 

.\t daybreak. November 10th. under jirolection of a machine gun barrage, and 
while a heavy fog lay upon the valley west of Cote d'Orne, the Company was formed 
for the assault. Some mi.xups occurred due to the density of the fog, and one of these 
nearly proved disastrous when a platoon of the Company came within a few yards of 
the German positions entirely out of its sector and unsupported by other troops. How- 
ever, it was successfully moved back to the rest of the assaulting units with very 
s'ight losses. The Rattalion was unable to make any material progress during the 
day and at nightfall dug in on the cast bank of the Thinte River. 

November 11th. the day of the armistice, we moved out of this position, marched 
along the railroad in our rear, over through Gibercy. and dug in on the protective re- 

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Shell Pocked Ground in the Etraye Valley 

verse slope of Hill 361. Preparations were made for a farther advance. The First Bat- 
talion was to act as the assault battalion, and "F" Company was to lead the Second 
Battalion, which was in support. Our connecting files had just started out, when the 
welcome news that hostilities were suspended halted the advance of our Company. 

Instead of a wild, hilarious demonstration, the occasion was marked by a solemn, 
prayerful e.xpression of thankfulness. We immediately built fires and cooked coffee. 
Our kitchens were brought up and served a warm meal, and cigarettes and cakes were 
distributed by Y. M. C. A. and Knights of Columbus workers. That night, the sky 
was lit up all along the front with multicolored flares. 

-After remaining on the front line for two days, we marched three kilometers to the 
town of Damvillers, where every building showed evidence of the recent bombardment 
to which its former German occupants had subjected it. 

In obedience to orders, the Battalion established outposts on the now famous "Line 
of November 11th." A steady stream of prisoners, Russian, Belgian, Italian, and 
French, wended their way back from German detention camps, seeking food and yield- 
ing their buttons, caps, coins and whatever else they could well afford to spare in ex- 
change for these necessities. After two days, a schedule of drills and manoeuvers was 

Lieutenant .Ashbridge returned to us from Infantry School while we were there, 
and Lieutenant Borbidge was transferred back from "E" Company, but shortly after- 
ward was sent away again to the Supply Company. Lieutenant Murrell was promoted 
to Captain and assigned to us for duty. Lieutenant Ashbridge, in the meanwhile, had 
been promoted to First Lieutenant. 

Aiany interesting and enjoyable entertainments were put on in Damvillers. In 
addition, through the efforts of Chaplain R. V. Lancaster, one of the ruined buildings 
was converted into a soldiers' club, and a piano salvaged and placed in this for our 
amusement. In this building many ideas of interest were originated, and one of these 
was that memorable Thanksgiving parade in which the Battalion boldly burlesqued 
salient features of the war. 

The parade was given before General Kuhn, and many other notables, and turned 
out to be a wonderful success. Company "F" being awarded the first prize. The over- 
whelming success of the parade led to its repetition on Wednesday, December 4th, at 
Toul, the Headquarters of the Second .American Army. 

The garrison activities of our organization gave the battle-scarred old town all the 
aspect of a thriving community. To carry out civil necessities, the election of a mayor 

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l)ccaiiH' imperative. Two parties, with entirely ojiposiiiK platforms, began campaign- 
ing lor the success of their candidates. Init were thrown into consternation when the 
"Woof-Woof" party, prompted l)y tlie shortcomings of the promises set fortli. sprang 
up and flung the hat of Sergeant John II. Green, one of tlie most popular men in the 
Regiment, into the ring. After an e.xciting campaign. .Sergeant (ireen was returned 
Mayor by a comfortalilc majority. Company "F" liad gained a reputation for being 
the best in everytliing. and once again it showed its spirit by returning a Company 
"I'"" man as the first citizen of the town of Damvillers. The next l)ig event, wdiicli will 
be recalled by the men for years to come, was the Christmas feast in which we were 
regaled with viands and lu.xuries. to which we had long l)een strangers. 

On December 26tli, we left for Xeuville-en-Verdunnis. a Frencli in close 
pro.xiniity to Gibraltar Woods, our old rest catnp. 

Once there, drilling commenced immediately, and an inspection on January 4th 
marked the inception of the period of constant surveillance that was to continue from 
this time forward until the demobilization. Our casuals started to return, and, during 
tliis month of January, we were jdeased to note the return of almost all of those who 
had become separated at one time or another from the Company. .Among the familiar 
faces was that of Lieutenant Wiley, who it will be recalled had been taken from us 
in Gibraltar Woo<ls. suffering from a severe attack of influenza. 

Despite our continued attention to the military routine, plenty of time was devoted 
to recreation. The Y. M. C. A., K. of C. and the other welfare organizations displayed 
great activity, providing us with shows and the luxuries of which we had so long been 
deprived. A Regimental show was planned with a Relasco attention to detail and 
scenic effect, and in the cast of this, "F" Company was represented by Sergeant Jacob 
McEwen. The 79th Division football team and soccer eleven included Private Thomas 
McHugh and Sergeant James McKinley as representatives of "F" Company. 

On February 21st. a monumental event took place. It was nothing short of a 
general order, insignificantly entitled General Order .35, which specifically set our sail- 
ing date from France for the latter part of June. The complexion of events immedi- 
ately began to indicate that our departure for God's Country must soon take place. 
On March LSth, we received another needle, which we were informed was the last 
thing of the sort troops received before departure from France. 

The prospects of a five-day hike, which was ne.xt in order, were as nothin.g. and the 
exuberance with which the boj's commenced this trying ordeal was lessened not one 
whit at the time they completed it. arriving in Rimaucourt footsore and weary but 
ready to endure any hardship so long as it might be spelt in terms of home. 

We remained in the cleanly barracks of Rimaucourt for 2.3 days, during which time 
we enjoyed to the full the munificent hospitality of the Red Cross, Y. M. C. .\.. K. of 
C. and the J. W. B., and at the same time appreciated and took advantage of freedom 
from drill and other usual army restrictions. 

Rimaucourt was the scene of several notable events. One of these was the ex- 
cellence of a (juard Mount put on by Company "F" before General Kuhn. for which 
we were highly complimented. .Another was the hike to the .AUianville drill field, just 
outside of Orquevaux. and the review of the Division by General Pershing, Saturday, 
-April 12th, 1919. On the following Monday we were again called to parade, this time 
before Lieutenant-General Hunter Liggett at Chaumont. 

We left Rimaucourt. .April 23rd. at 5 A. I\L, in .American bo.x cars and arrived at 
Vertou, Friday, .April 2,Sth. from which place we hiked to P>eautour, and were there 
ensconsed in comfortable billets. To keep the men in good trim, a program of drills 
was again inau.gurated. On May 8th we were subjected to a critical and rigid inspec- 
tion at the hands of officers designated by the Inspector General of the S. O. S., and 
this we passed with flying colors. 

Xor were our appetites for recreative features as yet appeased. Pushball and 
baseball teams were organized in the Battalion and inter-company contests wa.ged, in 
which Company "!•"' played her usual successful part. Her pushball and baseball 
teams comprised of privates won their respective chatnpionships in the battalion field, 
while teams of "non-coms" representing her in the same games established their su- 
periority over all similar contingents in the matter of push ball and played a very 
close tie for the baseball honors. 

On May 12th, we entrained for our port of embarkation. Saint Xazaire. and arrived 
at our destination the same afternoon. Thereafter, our trip across the .Atlantic on the 
good ship. Sinitii Iiaxa, our debarkation at Philadcliihia. and our arrival at Camp Dix 
followed in rapid succession. On June 9th. the last member of "l-"' Company re- 
ceived his papers, travel certificate and sixty dollar bonus, and the round 
trip between civilian and military life had been completed. 



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Roster of Company F 

September 1, 1918 

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Kulph J. Miller 
AVilliam M. Murrell 
William A. Shcehan 

Fred II. McCIintook 


Thomas L. Aahbridge 

David A. Wiley 

Melville B. llorter 

Jolin P. Burr 

I-po Brazek 

Edward H. Campbell 

James S. Dougherty 

Carl C. Avery 
Joseph A. Boardman 
I'ark II. Cornelius 
SaiuufI E. Cummiiifjs 
I-nrny \V. Fry 
I'liilip Goodman 
George A. Ilarliaugh 

Harry W. Gouldy 

TTarry N. Faesenburg Lloyd L. Klein 

Nelson N. Herron Fnmk Leus.-hner 

Joseph C. Keiinani Fraiuis V. :\IcHugh 


George A. Harnngton Miehael Parmos 

Harry E. Keefrider Herman H. Rathjen 

Jolin F. Kelly Harry A. Roberts 

William J. K.-lly Howard W. Robijis 

Ja<oh J. MrEwcn Joseph Rosenbaum 

James A. MrKiiib-y Mitehell Sargen 

Pius J. Nau Zygmunt Slusarezyk 

James J. Itissinger 
William I>. DeFeo 
William R. Johnson 
Thomas J. Kelly 


Martin Lutsi^m 
Hartley J, Morris 
Tliomas A. Murphy 
James S. Ross 

John H. Green 

Reuben Master 
Onello Ruimo 
Heury Romer 

William O. States 
Ernest A. Steudle 
James M. Slowers 
Thomas V. Treacy 
Harry A. Walsh 
Philip It. White 

Francis Graff 
James G. Laycoek 

John Adolph 
Carl J. AIbre<-ht 
John J. Arnold 
Elmer Bell 
William Berry 
William Billington 
Leo C. Bli.-kley 
Leopold Bodaich 
George W. Bogurt 
Thiofolos Bogianges 
Lawrence R. Bowden 
Thomas T. Bray 
Harry Briggemaun 
Clarence E. Brown 
James L. Brown 
Edward J. Bullock 
William C. Campbell 
James J. Carroll 
William F. Carroll 
Carroll C. Cassell 
Samuel W. Chestnut 
Jan Citko 
Bortolu Coletti 
William T. Collihan 
John Coulter 
Charles Coyle 
John J. Cunningham 
Charles F. Deeney 
Samuel B. Derbyshire 
Albert T. Dick 
Benjamin F. Dietz 
Thomas S. Donahue 
Edward J. Dougherty 
Charles 0. Dozois 
Milton E. Erb 
Ben Eswieb 
Edward Farrell 
Paul D. Fidler 
John W. Fields 
Edward V. Fisher 
Joseph Fox 
Joseph Friedman 
John J. Gallagher 
Antonio Giaeobbe 
Joseph Giaimo 
Albert Gleoekler 
Yosef Glineka 
Fred Goldberg 

John Costelln 
Petros Daiidulakos 
Charlie Dawkins 
A'ineenzo Depaoll 
Lonnie B. Dickinson 


Julius Goldberg 
James G. Gurmley 
Samuel (Jovberg 
Charles C. Green 
Albert C. Grill 
Thomas J. Grogan 
Leon Guggenheimer 
John Hamilton 
Ernest J. Harrison 
William S. Hart 
Joseph M. Hartnett 
James J. Higgins 
August A. Ilirsch 
William F. H<»ar 
Frederi<-k J. Hnhmaii 
Hrent Unvsepian 
Frank J. Iloyb's 
William E. Hume 
Philip A. Jacoby 
Thomas F. Jennings 
Samuel Kanisli 
Nathan Kelberman 
Norman S. Keller 
Edward V. Kelly 
Lawrence Kennedy 
Leonard Kiesel 
Edmond F. Killian 
RoViert King 
William H. King 
Maxaniillian J, Kloss 
Clarence A. Koeh 
George B. Kolp 
Fred W. Kornahrens 
John Koro! 
Frederick Krauss 
Samuel Kusnetz 
John M. Lawyer 
Patrick I-. Leahy 
George Leuby 
Samuel Lewin 
Charles E. Lewis 
William E. Lindsey 
John Lisa 
Samuel Logan 
Joseph Loscbiavo 
Bonifacy Lulko 
William Lumpp 

William E. MeClain 
Thomas H. McCool 
James McCutcb.-on 
Thomas L. Mrllngh 
Edward J. McLaughlin 
William J. McMaboii 
Harry Miiekerell 
John W. Manning 
James T. Marks 
Vincent Martines 
Frank Mauceri 
George Max- 
Robert H. Maxwell 
Peter A. Meakin 
\'ineenzo Minerva 
Harry W. Minnich 
liyman II. Misliler 
Harry Mitclu-11 
Thomas F. Monahan 
Raymond U. Montgomery 
George I. Morgan 
Leonard J. Mulheran 
Frank Muro 
James Neeson 
Emanuel B. Newman 
Henry F. Ney 
^'incenzo Nunziato 
Timothy O'Donnell 
John T. O'Neill 
Franklin E. O'Reilly 
James Pagliaro 
Charles W. Palardv 
Otto F. Pfeffer 
Joseph J. Post 
Ben W. Powers 
Nicola Rabittini 
Victor F. Ramer 
John Rawa 
Harry L. Rein 
George A. Rice 
William H. Riess 
Reginald G. Roberts 
Irving S. Roffls 
Robert B. Rose 
J.Tcnb Ri'senberg 
Carroll Roshon 
Mike Rulknfski 

Joined as Replacements — October 26, 1918 


ICdward F. Dieterich 
Bennie A. Dillbeck 
Joe Dobson 
Joe Dodson 
Roseo D. Ealy 

Oliver Edwards 
William E. Finlev 
Albert C. Fischer 
Willie Folsoine 
Arthur Frodday 

Frank J. Sabuskie 
Jesse E. Scbaal 
David Schlossherg 
Paul G. Srhneider 
TlH-o.lori' G. Scboller 
Francis A. Schramm 
Benjamin Schwartz 
Edgar Scott 
Elwood Seigle 
Harry Shafner 
Thomas J. Sliearer 
William Shields 
Charles W. Smith 
Frank J. Smith 
Harry Smith 
Raymond B. Smith 
Sidney G. Sneade 
John J. Sokolowski 
Peter Sopagee 
'I'oney Spineo 
James L, Stapleton 
Henry Stern 
John F. Stewart 
William R. Stewart 
Charles Stohrer 
Charles Strobel 
Elmer Tees 
Joseph Thomas 
Frank J. Tlglie 
Gaetano Tommaso 
Nick J. Triantis 
Herbert Tryon 
Walter I'lmer 
William C. VaiiDyke 
Sotirios \'erras 
Gustavo Virgini 
Henry J. Vogel 
Charles Volk 
William J. W'allace 
Sterling W'att 
Burton Watters 
Joseph Weinstein 
<''Iiarles J. Welsh 
Alfred L. Wilson 
Christian P. Wittenberger 
Roman A. Wojczynski 
Charles B. Yerger 
Micliael Zagacki 

Morris E. Glass 
Frank Grecco 
William F. Grossman 
Wilbur A. Guthrie 
Toney Leo 


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When we look back over our army experiences, we cannot help thinking of 
the day we arrived in Camp Meade — the first body of very new rookies to arrive 
in a very new camp and destined to be received and trained by very new officers. 
We had been selected by the local boards of the City of Brotherly Love and were 
sent from that place with many expressions of good will and esteem from the 
City in general and "the folks" in particular. When we were finally herded off 
the train and corralled on the desolate sands of southeastern Maryland, we re- 
sembled a herd of steers more than anything else. We did not know where we 
were going or how to get there, but for all that we finally reached the barracks 
to which we had been assigned and then began watching the red tape which made 
us part of the army being unravelled. While this was being done, we received 
our first impressions of the Company officers, especially Captain Earle C. 
Offinger. He was a man whose appearance alone instilled confidence in the 
mind of the greenest recruit, and he not only inspired confidence but taught 
confidence, that confidence in ourseh'es which later enabled "G" Company to 
finish any job that it started. 

In the work of building and organizing the Company, Captain (Jffinger was 
ably assisted by the earnest efiforts of First Lieutenant "Uncle Joe" Noonan 
and Second Lieutenants J- "Fergie" Mohr, John C. Snyder, John N. McDowell 
and Herman D. Partsch. In the beginning the Company was organized in tem- 
porary form, and, in addition to the officers mentioned, three non-commissioned 
officers were assigned from the Regular Army to help bring us up in the way we 
should go. The men in question were Sergeants Austin and Mullin and "The 
Grand Old Man of Company G," Sergeant Peter McHugh. The training re- 
ceived from Sergeant McHugh was many times evidenced in our army lives, and 
on long, hard hikes and in more bitter times his quiet, dogged perse\erance 
set a splendid example for the entire Company. 

During the first weeks in Camp, we received our first tastes of drill and 
discipline, and the hardest lesson most of us had to learn was that a soldier must 
learn to do as he is told without stopping to ask why. That little apple from the 
tree of knowledge cost manv of us much detail work and manv davs "K. P." 

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\^'e were jnil thniugh llie usual course of training, and to many of us it was a 
period of torture. Changing our habits of life and the amount and kind of our 
exercise made a change in our bodies which was as painful as it was evident. 
We were just beginning to look and feel like soldiers when a second increment 
of men arrived to be added to our ranks, but, of tliese, many were later trans- 
ferred to other camps. 

Life at C'ani[) Meade was sciniewhai monotonous, tlierc being few events of 
sufficient moment to remain long in our memories. One of these few events 
was the Baltimore hike and the parade in which we were reviewed by I'resident 
Wilson. Another outstanding event was the trip to the rifle range, where we 
learned for the first time that the army rifle has a kick at both ends. As time 
wore on, the numerous transfers of men depleted the ranks to an alarming ex- 
tent, but we were finally brought U]) to full war strength by the addition of men 
from rhiladel])hia, from the artillery units of the Dixision and from Camj) 
Upton. New York. Finally orders came to prepare for departure o\erseas, and, 
after many inspections, we rolled our packs, slung our rifles and started out. 

We entrained at Disney at 5:00 P. I\I., July 7, 1918, and left Camp Meade 
for good. Many of our friends and relatives were there to see us oft", and they 
gave us a send-off which was only equalled in sincerity by the greetings we gave 
them when we landed from overseas. The train arrived at the freight yards in 
Jersey City at 1 :,?0 A. M., July 8th. We detrained at 5 :30 A. M., and marched to 
the ferry where we took a boat for iloboken. While on board this, we passed a 
number of other ferry boats loaded with ci\ilians. who gave us an ovation whicli 
showed that the\' were backing us to the limit in the big job we were up against. 
We walked ui) the gang jilank of the America at 2 :30 P. M. and were assigned to 
quarters immediately. The man who assigned us to our quarters on the America 
had economy of space down to an exact science. We were not quartered, we 
were packed, but we knew there was a reason and not much kicking was done. 
Before we boarded the transport, we were given coffee and sandwiches by the 
Red Cross women, and, as we had had neither breakfast nor dinner, we have 
ever since had a warm spot in our heart for the Red Cross Workers. At 6:05 
P. M., we pulled out of the harbor, to,gether with four other transports, and 
when darkness fell that evening we were out of sight of God's Country. The 
trip across was quiet and, excej)t for the collision which resulted in the sinking 
of a tramp-steamer on Sunday night. July 14tli, was really quite imeventful. It 
was saved from monotony, however. Ijy the abaniloii ship drills which we had 
ever\' day. 

We arrived at Brest on July ISth ;ind anchored in the harbor. ( )n the 
morning of Jnlv 19th. we were taken ashore on lighters and given our first 
'"close-up" of I'rance. The quaint white cai)s of the women and the wooden shoes 
were new things to us. and attracted the interest of the whole Company. We 
marched up through the town of Brest to a rest camp. At least they tokl us it 
was a rest camp, but if it was. we all decided we preferred a Labor Battalion. 
We ])itched i)U])-tents in a square field surrounded by a high, rank hedge, and 
the mud there had only one redeeming feature : it was slightly softer than the 
steel deck plates of the America when used as a bed. We remained there until 
July 22nd. and it rained consistently all the time. 

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At 7:00 A. M., July 22nd, we left the rest camp with its endless details 
and work and marched to the station at Brest, where we were loaded upon little 
things which reminded us of nothing so much as egg crates on toy wagons. We 
rode past many stations, all neat and well kept and some quite large. The names 
of the stations do not come to mind just now, but the memory of the coltee the 
well meaning "Poilus" served the cramped and cranky doughboys will ever re- 
main fresh. The Frenchman has always been awarded a premier position in 
matters culinary, but who but he would ever think as gun-oil as a substitute for 
Java? However, "C'est la guerre." 

At 9 :00 A. M. July 25th, we unloaded our cramped selves and our packs 
at the little station of Vivey-Chalmessin. The following morning we left for 
Leuchey, and that hike is still one full of painful memories. We had not had a 
chance to shake our sea legs and we were a sore, tired bunch when we finally 
were assigned to billets. W^e lost little time in this unattractive town but got 
right down to work. A drill ground was quickly located, and the strenuous 
business of bayonet practice, target shooting, gas drills and combat formations 
was gotten under way. We had never fully appreciated the full value of a 
letter until we had been in this town a couple of weeks, when our first mail 
arrived. Letters were no longer merely incidentals, they became one of the 
fundamental things of life. We were issued gas masks and "tin derbies," and 
Chaplain Lancaster has never had time enough to replace all the religion we lost 
because of these instruments of torture. 

We bade farewell to Leuchey on Sunday, September 8th, and hiked to 
Vaux, a distance of about seven miles, in a drenching rain. There we were 
loaded on the "40 Hommes" Pullmans and started for the front with all the 
usual number of quartets going strong and an occasional game of African golf 
in full swing. We rode to Revigny, and, when we got off at that station, a Red 
Cross train loaded with wounded had just pulled in. The sight of that bunch of 
bandaged doughboys, e\xry one of whom was cheerful and happy, was one of 

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ihc bcsl tonics we ever had. We liikeil to Ilrilloii, 25 kilos distance, slo|)i)ing 
overniglit at Mogneville on the way. It was on tlie second lap of this hike that 
w'c were really initiated into the jnire eiissedness of the semi-liqviid I'Vench cli- 
mate, as it rained all day and the roads soon became merely a wallow of mud, 
of the consistency and staying power of good j)aint. We stayed in F>rillon two 
days, just long enough to dry out, w'hen we made packs, and, at 8 o'clock in the 
evening, boarded trucks and rode until 1 :,i() in the morning, when we 
debussed and hiked to Uombasle where we had a few hours sleep. We woke 
to view a scene of desolation such as we had scarcely dreamed of. W'e hiked to 
Normandy Woods, where we landed at 8:00 .\. M. Every one immediately 
turned into his dugout and fell asleep. At 4:00 P. M., we w'ere aroused, slung 
our packs and after a short talk by the Ca])lain were on our way to the Canne- 
biere trenches. 

( )ur march fi'oni .\c)rniand\ Woods was in reality unite inie\ cut t'ul. hiu it 
(lid not strike us that way at all ;it tlie time. No one can ever convince us that 
ignorance is bliss, because the shells we heard might have ke])t our throats in 
permanent cramps, yet we never knew mitil later that they were landing se\en 
kilos away. We were \ery, \ery green, and moreo\er we were not yet accus- 
tomed to traxeling those rough, shell shocked roads at night, without even the 
solace of ;i smoke. We got to our particular sector after a painful trip through 
trenches that would gi\'e a snake rheumatism and were assigned to dug-outs. 
These dug-outs were typically I'Vench ; they were com])osed of such a large ])er- 
centage of moisture that there was a leak over every individual bunk. This 
water, which came so consistently down u])on us, ga\e us exercise for our Yankee 
originality. .\s soon as we had slejjt our till, we began looking around for means 
of stopping the constant drip. "Corned Bill" cans hung on wire, an old stove 
\npe cut lengthwise to form a gutter, emjny shell cases, butter cans and, in fact, 
anything which would hold water were jjressed into service, but at that we ne\er 
failed to co\er the main parts of our anatomy with our slickers. 

Our stay there was cpiiet, but the first few nights the autonuuic men who 
stood guard in the trenches had to keep their teeth tight to keep their hearts 
down, until they found that the raiding parties which kept rattling the barbed 
wire and tin cans were merely enormous rats that infested these old ditches. 
The gas alarm worked (nertime until we left the trenches, but in every case 
there was more alarm than gas. At 7:00 P. M. Sejitember 18th, we were ready 
to be relie\ed, ha\ ing recei\ed orders ;it six o'clock. We waited until three in 
the morning before our relief arrived. We started back toward Normandy 
Woods by way of Esnes, and Montzeville. We had to hike fast all the way to 
get there by daylight, and arrived just in time to escajie bombardment at Montze- 
ville. We stayed in the woods until we received orders to take our places in the 
trenches, preparatory to the Montfaucon drive on September 26th. 

Late in the evening of Se])tember 25th, 1918, we moved out of Normandy 
Woods after a very short and very convincing talk by the Captain. We had 
scarcelv gotten into the boyau when a mule fell in the trench, blocking it. There 
Jerry caught us, a shell striking the Fourth Platoon and wounding Privates 
Pantaleone Cramasta, Leonard Joseph, James Pinto, Edward Schroeder, Salva- 
tore Percia, William Defeblja and Santo Trolio. Cramasta later died from his 
wounds. These were our first casualties. We got back into the trench and pro- 



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Members of Comtanv "G" Receiving Instruction in Grenade Throwing 

ceeded to our position. Sergeant Mcllu^h was not with us at the time, and 
the next day he met Lieutenant Mohr. "I hear you were shelled last night." 
said the "Sarg." "Yes," Lieutenant Mohr replietl. "Lieutenant, there is one 
question I would like to ask," said the old "Sarg," "When the shell came over 
did you have any trouble making the boys take cover?" 

At midnight the barrage started, and Mars must have smiled at the tune 
those guns played. In the morning, we left our positions in line of sections. At 
10:00 o'clock, we saw the first German prisoners coming back and also the first 
American wounded. We traveled pretty steadily all day, spent the night in the 
old German trenches, and took up the advance in the morning. The advance was 
slow but steady with no casualties until in the afternoon, when First Sergeant 
Henry Boylan, Sergeant Charles Wahl and Private Samuel Gabrolovitch were 
slightly gassed. That night, we dug in along a narrow gauge railroad, and in 
the morning advanced as far as Nantillois. We were moved to the right to 
relieve the 314th Infantry and then ad\anced to the top of the hill before the 
Bois des Ogons, where we deployed behind three large tanks and started toward 
the woods. Corporal Dougherty was placed on one of these tanks to give direc- 
tions from the rear, and he described the ride as a very rough aiTair : "That tank 
was a combination of a small boat in a rough sea, a scenic railway, and a bucking 
Ijroncho, and when they fired the '73' from her front I thought my end had come." 

As there was no artillery far enough advanced to give any aid or support 
ill the assault mi the Bois des Ogons, no further advance was made that day. 
In the attack on the morning of the following day, Lieutenant Herman D. 
Partsch was fatally wounded and Captain Earle C. Ofifinger was wounded in the 
arm. The Captain had his wound dressed temporarily bv one of the men, re- 
fused to go back, and continued to lead his men until finally forced to seek 
medical attention. For his gameness and gallantry he was awarded the D. S. C. 

( )n Sunday, September 30th, we were relieved, and immediately afterward 
we experienced a great joy and a great sorrow. The rolling kitchens pulled up 

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anil \vc had tjrual anticipaliuns of a real niual, lull I'Vitz began shelling and thu 
kitchens pulled out "tout de suite" leaving a great and deep sorrow upon us. 
Thev left the food containers, however, so we got the meal in spite of the shells 
that whizzed o\er all the lime we were eating. 

Having returned to Xorniandv Woods after our Montfaucon offensive and 
rested for a day, we received orders to strike tents and prejiare for another 
move. W'e moved out the evening of October 3rd under cover of darkness, not 
knowing where we were headed, but wishing and ho])ing for a period of rest. 
The move proved to be a series of night marches from October 3rd to October 
5th which we made in rain and mud, w'ith sore feet and aching shoulders, but 
the grim determination to go forward until we finally reached our destination. 
Gibraltar Woods. 

After being billetetl in shacks in Camp Gibraltar, the men prepared for a 
])eriod of rest which they so much desired and deserved. Here the worst enemy 
of the army, sickness and disease, got in its work, most of the men suffering 
from dysentary and not a few from influenza. It was principally due to the 
fine exami)le and s])lendid handling of the Company by Lieutenant Mohr, that 
the outfit was able to ]m\\ itself together. While here Lieutenants Hibbard 
and Rorbitlge, formerly of Company "E," w^ere attached for duty, the recent 
action having left us but one ofificer. Lieutenant Mohr. 

Close order drill was for the most part our principal vocation while at Camp 
(iibraltar, and we had just enough to restore the shattered discipline and morale 
of the men as w^ell as to control the disease which had become a real menace, 
for the days were marked by the steady evacuation of our comrades to the 
hospital. A few days after our arrival, a reconnoitering party, consisting of 
Lieutenant Borbidge, Sergeants Mason and Garrison and Corporal Kockesberger 
was sent out to reconnoiter a sector on the front which the Comi)any was ex- 
l)ecting to take over. The new sector w-as never occupied by us, however, as 
there was more urgent need of us elsewhere. While in Camp Gibraltar, we 


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heard the news of the Germans' acceptance of President Wilson's fourteen points 
for an armistice, but we later learned that there was quite a hard road ahead 
of us before the signing of the armistice. 

Having remained at Camp Gibraltar for nearly a month, we were now ready 
for our next offensive. Just before moving out. Privates Pfister and Hannon, 
two of our comrades wounded at Montfaucon, returned to the Company. Our 
depleted ranks were partially filled by the addition of 20 replacements, men 
who proved their worth in the Grande Montague Sector. Shortly before we left 
Recourt Woods to go up to the front, we were rejoined by Sergeant Peter 
McHugh and Corporals John E. Fallon and Oscar Nelson, all of whom had been 
wounded at Montfaucon. We left Recourt Woods at 5 :00 P. M., October 26th, 
and hiked all night until 7:30 A. M. the next morning, when we entered the 
Germonville Woods. Every one dropped wherever he happened to be and slept 
until noon, when Mess Sergeant Sheen roused us up to give us some "chow." 
That evening Lieutenant Mohr, the last of our old officers, was made Second 
Battalion yVdjutant, and Lieutenant Crawford, of "E" Company, and Lieutenant 
Muir, of the 28th Division, were assigned to us. Lieutenant Crawford taking 
command of the Company. From Germonville we hiked to the Bois de Forges,, 
and waited for darkness to complete our march to the front. 

During the time in which we participated in the final phase of the Meuse- 
Argonne offensive, we had numerous casualties, and, during the last four days 
of the offensive, our Second Platoon was in shell holes within a stone's throw of 
the Boche lines. It was while in these shell holes that Private "Pike" Francis 
Donahue says that he learned to pray. On November 10th. we attemjtted an 

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advance ajj^ainst Cote (!'( )nie in a dense fo,^, hut it was abandoned because tlie 
different combat groups could not keep contact with each other. While this 
attempt was beint;; made, the men actintj as connectint;' liles did very heroic work. 
Word came on the niorninj^ of November 11th that the lirinj; would cease at 11 
A. M. Several of the men who were out as coimecting files had (juite a no\el 
experience, walking into the (ierman lines a few minutes after the Armistice 
was signed, but not knowing that it had been signed. They often refer to their 
last advance, and thank their stars that it did not occur a few minutes before 
11:00 A. M. 

After the Armistice, we mo\ed into the town n\ 1 ),im\ illers. where we made 
the best of what comfort there was to be had in ,i ^hell-torn lnwii. There we 
were joinetl by Cai)tain ( )ffinger antl several of the men who hatl been wounded 
at Montfaucon. While in Damvillers, we had time to think of other things 
besides fighting, and on Thanksgiving a celebration and jjarade were held which 
have become famous. This parade w"is later rei)eated in Toul at the request 
of Lieutenant General Bullard. Lieutenant Ralph J. Miller was assigned to the 
Coiupany about this time. Christmas was spent in this town, and the dinner was 
one long to be remembered, largely because of the efforts of Chajjlain Lancaster, 
who journeyed all the way to Nancy to purchase supplies and delicacies with 
which to make the dinner a supreme success. 

On December 26th, we left Uamvillers with its endless problems and in- 
spections, and, after a three days' hike, arrived in Neuville-en-Verdunois. While 
there, many of the men who had been wounded returned, and the Company be- 
gan to look more like its old time self. Lieutenant Alfred J. Ludwig and Lieu- 
tenant Grady H. Forgy were assigned to the Company. "Doug" Rice returned 
from the 80tli Division, where he had been assigned, and was made First Sergeant. 

.'-'pring began to show itself, and the great national pastime, baseball, became 
the rage and the chief method of exercise in place of the usual army calisthenics, 
much to the delight of the men. A league was formed comjjosed of five teams: 
Company Headquarters, Sergeants, Corporals, First Platoon and Second Platoon, 
aiul the games were hotly contested throughout. The Corporals proved their 
ability by becoming champions of the league. At Neuville w-e received another 
"shot" in the arm similar to that awarded at Camp Meade, only much stronger, 
and, in consequence, there were many sore arms, but the fact that it was the 
first step toward home offset the soreness. Passes had been issued at various 
intervals, beginning at Damvillers, and most of us had a chance to take a tri]) 
to the more beautiful parts of France. 

On March 2Sth, w'e started on the first lap of the trij) which we had all 
been looking forward to, the trip to America. We left Neuville for Rimacourt, 
via "Ankle Express," in regular old 79th Division weather, hiked for 5 days, and 
finally arrived at our destination on April 1st. During our stay in Rimaucourt. 
the Division was review'ed by General Pershing on April 12, 1919. 

We left Rimaucourt on April 23rd for the Nantes area, where our Battalion 
was billeted at the town of Beautour. At this place we met the most hospitable 
jieople that we had encountered during our stay in France. On ALay 2d, Chap- 
lain Lancaster, who had rejoined the Second Battalion, got up an "Au revoir 



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C():\irANY G 

A View 

IF Damvii-lers From the Steeple of the Village Church, Showing the 
Effect of German Shell Fire on the Village 


Fete," in which the French people co-operated with the doughboys in Ijeauty 
shows, baby shows, and shows for the youngest looking old people. While in 
this area, we also received our final inspections and an issue of new clothing. 
Captain Farle C. Offinger, who had organized and trained the Company in Camp 
Meade and led it into battle in France, was transferred to the F'irst Division 
(Regular y\rmy ) just before we left Beautour. r)n May 12th, we left Beautour 
and went by train to St. Nazaire, where, after delousing, physical e.xaminations, 
inspections of records and inspections of etiuipment, we embarked on the good 
ship Santa Rosa. 

.\t 5:30 A. M., on May 17th, we set .sail for the United States and thus after 
many months of waiting our dreams came true. Two days out from land, we 
encountered a storm at sea, and man}' of the men were not able to hold their 
own. We passed the Delaware Breakwater early on the morning of May 30th, 
and from there, until we docked at I'icr 7K, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, we were 
escorted up the river by boats of all kinds and given a hearty welcome home. 

After debarking, we were given ice cream and cake by the Red Cross Work- 
ers, a fact which convinced us that we were indeed in the United States. We 
entrained at the pier for Camp Dix, N. J., but before pulling out many of the 
men had a chance to see their relatives and friends. During our stay at Camp 
Dix, the records of the Company were turned in and Company "(i," 315th 
Infantry, ceased to exist after May 31st, 1919. However, we all stayed together 
until we were finally discharged and returned to our homes on June 9, 1919. So 
endeth the history of a company which stuck together through thick and thin, 
jilayed its jjart cheerfully and honestlv at all times, and throughout gave the best 
that it had to the army and the nation. 

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Things That We Will Never Forget 

1. Arrival nt rump .Mcmli', S4-|>li>iiiIii>r I'l'lnl, 1!>17. :M. Miirfli to lUns ilc> Votki-h. 

2. KfcclvliiK Kiiiil|ilii<iil. 35. ItcUi-f of aitli nivlsliiii. 

3. riljnliiil KxiiMiliiutldlm. 3(1. "l>cnlh Valley." 

•). Ilullciwi-'.n I'any. lAliiilc liulilihiK aiitl iili> cut- 37. Tin- .ViKht ••i-lku" lli.iinliii 

• l..-arn.-.l lo pray. 

liiK conlcsll. 3N. "Over llio Top." 

5. Chrlstnjan Uliincr. 3!l. '•lorn Willie IJlll." 

IJ. PanMi'H. 40. ArmlKttee. 

7. Ifalllnioro Illko ami Paraih'. 41. litiinvllltrH. 

H. Klflo lifliigc. 42. ThaiikKKivlTiK I'arailc. 

l>. Ni'W UcmklcH rrciiii Caitip Tptoii. 43. ChristiiiaN DiiiiuT. 

Id. ]'n-]>anill<>n for (Hits. ■us. 44. to .Ni-uvlllf. 

11. Kliiliarkatloii at Ilolioki'ii. 4.'>. lllKKini; Kllli' KaiiKO. 

12. Collision with the- ••lioji'slici. to." 1(1. Flllliit; In Itlllc UaliKi-. 

13. l.aiidlnt.' at Itn-st. Kranrc 47. Mano<Mlvt'rH. 

14. ronfatio/.i'ii r.arrackH. 48. Qnaraiillnc. 

1.^. Knlralnlntr for Lfncli(.'y. 4U. llasc Hall Loafnc. 

11^ Tnitnluk' Area. .lO. .SoIiooIn al Soullly. 

17. Mari-li to (*halancc.v. 51. March to Hiinanconrt. 

IS. KntralnhiK for llrlllon. 52. Hfvk'W li.v (JiMiiMal I'lTslilnK. 

111. Itidc In TrlK-ks to Kaiii|)onl. 53. Hovk'w liv Licuti-nant (Ion 

•ral Llcuelt. 

:;(>. Arrival In Noniiand.v Woods. M. Hide to li.antonr. 

21. First .NlKlit Marili to tin- Lines. 55. Ilonpitallt.v of French I'coi 


22. Canncbli-rc Tri'iiclies. .'id. Parade In Hcantoiir. 

23. Oas AlariDM. 57. Inapectloiis for Uctnrn to 

U. S. 

24. Hals, .58. Move to St. Nazalre. 

2.'.. "Over the Top." 5il. Delonser. 

2C.. Hoche Machine <Smm and Artlller.v. «0. EmbnrkliiK for Home. 

27. Nanllllols. (11. The "Santa UoNa." 

2S. "Suicide mil." (12. Arrival in rhiladelphia. 

21t. "Corned WIlUo" and no Water. ([3. Camp Ilix. 

3(1. Tlie Hillef. 04. I'arade We 1)1.1 -Vot Have 

in Philadelphia. 

31. Iletnrn to N()rmaml.v W*.mk!m. (i5. I>emohllization. 

32. Nlcht Mar.-h.'K t.i Ciliraltar Woods. (10. Home. 

33. .Moving into Support in Troyon Sector. 

Column of Squads 

■•Pop" MiIliiKli "One T.nnK" T.iinK "II..111:" 1(1..- 

HaKwaKi- S.pia.l "Klliji" lliM-hi-r "Sister" (Jeljier "Caiiud" Tliiffti.'S 

"Hull" Murphy 

".SL-ejiy" .M.-Crei'vey "(Vdonel" Itoseii "llnmp" Kramnics 

"SOUJI" ZtH-ile 

1>1kkIiii; Sinia.i "Itunk" lliiiikerly "Clear" AmierHon "lloclor" Neofe 

"Hull" Ii.TliniM 

"Charlie" LilK "I'lt'eon" VeiliLsky "Kd" Kltzeerahl 

".T.din" T'n.lerrlner 

riidertakcrs ".Ilrnmy" H.-.lmoild "Knockeni" Soclion "C..p" O'DnniicIl 

"I'.nslirnr' ParkiT 

".lake" K<-iniuli-r "Kniil" Itoh.le "Ilnii" Welland 

"M.-ss lloK" llavld 

Tent Squad "Kd" Uanil "ll.ilch" ll..lildilss "SKt." Zinn 

"l(..mnl.k" Thlcl 

"I'at" Whelan "Haii|py" llnsii.-n ".Mike" SzuHzki-wicz 

"T.tny" Lung 

".Jam" Hardens 

"Otto" Hover ".Mitmie" Walters 

Kitchen Sqlia.l " • ".liln" O'Neill "Peniaa" Perina 

"Herm" Vollralli 

"South-paw" .Ma. -Kay "Cy" W'ehh "Froj;" Para.llK 

"Steve" Fr.-diTlck 

Police S<|ua«l "CInirlle" Si>ai.]ln[; "'Charlie" M.-rtz "Farmer" .lon.-s 

"" S.-.if.'s 

"Se.onds" Halmer "P.-lildc" ()'ll..nn.-ll "SliofTy" S.liofstall 

"" gul.k 

MopnerH Vp "LImer" Uuss.-ll "W.Kifwoof" N'ilka "lto«ji-l .-" Owens 

"Louie" San.lwlzth 

"All" Pla.diler "Pike" ILmahu.' "Hed" Uohaii 

"Hill" Esterly 

French Squad ".Mac'* McC.h.I "" I)i)herst.-in "spo.)f" Ilalstea.l 

"Mac" .McCauley 

"Yere cum" .Iaiiies..n "Louie" Conrad "Silent" S.-hiffer 

".Mike" Kelly 

"Helly rohlier" Slieen 

"Kev.'ill.'" Olson "Intelllcence" Connor 

.Ml .Nations Si|ua.l "Shliian" S.hi|ianl "nulili" Mueller "Tony" T'r.'Stl 


"T.uiimy" (Iraharn "Cohhler" Noil "Lac.*" Lac.-y 

"Hunk" Wal.lmlller 

All American "(;oody" (lotslimin "Cab" (lahral.ivl.-h "I).-.Mike" IteMIchele 

"Ati" IJ.'miano 

"dreaav" XistL-o "San" Trolio "Whlt.-y" Il.ick 

"Vlv" VIvluno 

Street Cleanern "D.k" DouKherly "Hurgler" Wedfwoo.l "Hill" All.n 

"Little Jim" Pinto 

"Hair cut" Heller "Sli-epy" H.iner "Little Hill" O'Hrlen 

"Oua" Tohln 

Mndainolselle Squad "Ali.." Khrll.h "Silar" Jesperson "Hero" llild 

"Hhunly" HowerH 

"Hath House" Davi "Louie" Altoninre "Ed" Schroi'ih-r 

'"Frmile" Meyn 

"darry" (larrlsou 

"Corn Hrcad" MnHon "Hnndsome Jack" Fallon 

Cherokee Squad ".Margaret" .Violin "Frank" Gencarelll "Son" Schlauch 

"J.-rr" J.-ITerson 

"Hanki-r" Talli-r "VIn.e" DiVin.-enz.. "Slip" sllplks 

"I'.arlHT" Utilquizzo 

Can OpencrH "" Wnlnwrik-ht "stiw" Alisaiizkos "Stu|dd" Mncha 

"Du.hly" Hr.>x 

"Cornliill" K.iiw.irthy "Hals" Shaw "Pete" WliliamB 

"(i.-neral" Coon 

"O.B." O'lirien 

"Moo Cow" Rowers "Patty" Lynn 

Hat Crnsliers "Tllch" Tilscher "Old Doctor" Miller "Silt" Sii-itfrled 

"Count" MacDermott 

"T.unmy" ll.inahue "Haii" Ward "ll.-l.-n" C'ttshalk 

"Hurt" Kn.Tr 

Mechnniial Squad "(iamhler" -N. Ison ".T..e" Slo.y ".V.Y. Cop" Uulilnian 

"Push-eln-uii" Jaeiter 

"llaillna.l" Vessa "Otto" Olaser "(irowl" .Nnnzlat.i 

"Chaplalti" Percia 

Skeleton Si|uad "Joe" C..e "Personnel" ".SeaplK" ZelhlK 

"Private" Paul 

"Hart.n.l.T" H..y.e 

"Hal" 1..I- 

Musi.- Tea. hers "Pretzel" I'rentzel "Charlie" Soderlund "Tommy" .Mayers 

"Ma.-" .\ 

"Pop" Clark "81«ter" Martin "Rumor" FanidnK 

"Chick" n.ihliiBon 

"Shauiokin" Kelaer 


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Roster of Company G 


September I, 1918 


Earle C. OthnKer 



J. FerK 

uson Mohr Herman D. 


John C. 

Snyder Chester G. 





Henry J. Boylan 

Roland E. Sheen 

Edward P. O'Brien 

Karl U. ISow.Ts 

George Dt'i-n I'eter McHntih 

Albert M. Ryan 

Hanild G. iiojtT 

Charles J. Limg Carl E. Olson 

Charles F. Wahl 

J«)svpli I'. Cuiuuir 

William J. l.yshoii I.einar D. Kice 

George C. Will 

Jnhii II. HiinlRtis 

Alfred G. Garrison Patrick J. Lynn 

Myer Pressman 

ItiisscU L. Ilrown 

Arthur K. Gordon .lanics Mmlin 

James Redmond 

Viililor K. Clark 

Addison C. <;<>ttshalk Robert 1'. Mason 

Charles J. Robinson 

Tlieodosis Deiuetiis 

Eugene Gritlin Gforge W. McCool 

William M. Smith 

Jobii C. Evans 

Howard M. Jacobs James Moucheck 

Clmrles J. Soderlund 

John E. Fallon 

Claude Reiser Oscar M. Nelson 

George A. Wallers 

RoRpr A. Foley 

Piirton A. Ktierr Frank I'reni/.el. Jr. 

Frank A. War<l 

William J. Frasch 




Frank Alisaiizkoj 

John G. Gress 

Israel Miller 

Harry E. AniliTsou 

William Doberstein Edward J. Keeinm 

LeRoy P. Sharadin 

Abt' AuRenhlirk 

George M. Donahue George Lucas 

(ieorge Thiel 

Elain Bufhcr 

Al>e Ehrlieh William K. MaeDennott 

Henry W. Th<mias 

I'l'ter J. Cunway 

William li. Hughes Frank Moliu. Jr. 

Charles Traber 

\'incenzo DiVinrciizo 

Albinus N. Jest»ers<»u Albert II. Saul 

Vincent Vilka 

Nicholas I>iStt'fanM 


John L. Arkley 

Carl Gintber Joseph Mueha 

Jesse Sheck 

William Allen 

Otto J. Glaser Oscar W. Mueller 

Johhn SehitTer 

Ixiiis Altnmare 

Harry C. Glattle James J. Murphy 

Antonio Schipani 

Malrolm M. Amh-rsun 

Russell H. Goodman William C. Murray 

Paul Schlaueh 

Cali-n W. Halnier 

Thomas Graham Simon J. Nagle 

Valentine Schnable 

Matthew Honsol 

John Greenwood Hilding Nelson 

Karl G. SehotTstall 

Clifster A. Hower 

George T. Grooni August N. Nies 

Edward H. Sehroeder 

Jnhii H. Howers 

John W. Halstead Pielro Nistico 

Coristantiire Seofes 

Manns Boyr*- 

Christopher ilannou Joseph P. Nohui 

Joseph Semi>t'l" 

August J. lirox 

Williiiui U. Heller Jacob A. Noll 

William C. Shaw 

Walter V. Iiuts.-h.*r 

Hubert S. Herbert Antonio NunzJato 

I'idore Shuster 

(Iniseppe Casenza 

Charles H. Ilerehenriiler William F. O'Brien 

llarrv B. Siegfried 

James F. Clancy 

William Hetherington Charles M. O'Donnell 

Benjamin Slipikas 

Joseph F. C(»e 

Charles Hihl James L. O'D.mnell 

Joseph C. Sloey 

Lonis J. C'onrail 

William H. Hock Joseph J. O'Donnell 

Harry R. Smith 

I'anteleone Craiiia'^ta 

Harold S. Hotchkiss Sterling V. (Hdi 

ILiward K. Smith 

Jerimiah F. Cnrran 

Joseph V. Hushen James J. O'Neill 

Alexander Soehou 

Stiney Daiiii-I 

Angelo Toanuueci Charles Z. Owens 

Gioaehimio Spagnu«do 

Carmim- Davi 

William Jaeger Earl E. Paul 

Charles H. Spalding 

Jost-ph P. I'avid 

Charles G. Jameson Salvatore l'er<-ia 

William Sirotberk 

William I)i-Fel>ba 

George W. Ji'tTerson Anthony J. I'erina 

Benjamin G. Sutter 

Gnisseppe DeCellis 

John Johnston Charles H. Plister 

Michael Sznszkewicz 

Anj.'elo Ih'inijino 

Leonard L. Joseph James Pinto 

Jacob Taller 

John K. I>frham 

Michael T. Kelly Adolph A. Plachter 

John 0. Titscher 

Capriele I>iMirh.-l.' 

Alfred Kemmler Antonio Presti 

Gustav Tohin 

vVinerleo Dil asipiah' 

Herbert E. Kenworlby I'liilip A. Quick 

Santo Tndio 

Francis A. Itonahnc 

Daniel A. Kochersi)erger Eilward C. Rand 

Max Triimpa 

Thiimas I., nnnahnt- 

Austin F. Krammes (iniseppe Rappazzo 

John I"nderriner 

Edward I. I>cni;;herty 

Charles R. Laeey George R. Rath 

Charles R. Vanhlerstine 

James F. Dntran 

Anthony Lang George L. Reardon 

Morris Veilnsky 

Howard R. Duncan 

John J. Laehy Timothy A. Reardon 

Kgidio Vessa 

Melior Dunkerly 

Isidore Levy Edmojid Reuther 

Herman R. Vollrath 

William C. Esterly 

James MacKay John Riggi 

John J. Wainwrigbt 

Milton T. Fanning; 

Kenneth A. MaeKenzie Charles Rohan 

Frederick Weber 

George T. Farley 

Louis Mannaro Knu\ (L Rolide 

Aaron Wedgwo»id 

Jtilins A. Fischer 

Thomas I. Mayers Louis I. Rosen 

William J. Weilaml 

Edward P, Fitzgerald 

James F. McCarthy John Rosso 

latriek J. Whelan 

Walter Fox 

James J. McCaulev Thomas Rowe 

Albert Williams 

Stephen A. Fredcriik 

Robert D. M<(;reevey George Ruhlnian 

Frank E. Witt 

Samnel Gabralovich 

James W. M<'Hale (ieorge Russel 

Morris Yankowitz 

William (!all:inii 

Charles R. Mertz Michael Sachs 

otto Zeibig 

Frfd K. Gi'iKtT 

Ernest Meyu Martin A. Sadlier 

Joseph Zinn 

Frank Geiicaridli 

William T). Morgan Irving J. Sehaefer 

Joined as Replacements— October 26, 1918 

William T. Znelfe 

\Mrgie Head 

Charles W. Litz Henry Reed 

John L. Waldmiller 

Kitt C. HuBlies 

Nathan Minders Loved Sandwlzth 

l.lovd C. Ward 

Arthur C. j<mes 

Leigh X. Neefe Frank Viviano 

Richard B. Ward 

Halver II. Lee 

Fred Paradis William Wade 

(ieorge R. Webb 


Oscar Levine 

Ray E. Parker Cieero R. Waites 

(iiff^trd R. Whiteman 


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We, as it aj^pears recorded time and again in these pages which tell briefly the 
history of our beloved Company, is used in no editorial sense. It a])plies to the 
entire body of men who are "H" Company of the .HSth Infantry. It represents 
those who ha\e joined its family, and remained, and those whom we ha\'e lost 
by transfer, sickness or death. It includes men from all the several walks of 
life; from many nations; men of \aried temperaments; large men and small, the 
rich ;ind the poor. 

The first men of the Comjjany arrived at Camp Meade on Septemljer 22nd, 
1917, and began that famous series of mo\es from one unfinished barrack to an- 
other, until the desert began to assume the a])pearance of a camp, and our wander- 
ings began to settle down to daily shifts from R-35 to R-36, then back again, like 
the play of a hard jiressed king in a dodge corner of a checker board. It was well, 
too, that we began to settle down, for soon we had more than a clean pocket hand- 
kerchief and an iron bed to move. The lessened moving also gave more time 
for that delightful and time-honored custom of standing in line. We lined up 
to be shot full of anti-typhoid, anti-smallpox, anti-tetanus, and anti-what-not, 
until we felt like a minimum lethal-dose guinea pig in the Marine hospital or the 
human pin cushion at the circus. We lined up for "Physical torture," for signing 
many papers, for drills, for bed, for singing, and finally after many days, for 
meals. These consisted mostly of two kinds of ( ). D. water, soup and coffee, to 
which we later added sweet potatoes dug from under the barracks. Thus we 
grew and thrived and fattened and waxed strong on san<l and fresh air. 

At this time, our attention and interest was centered on our Company Com- 
mander, Captain David E. Williams, Jr. He made a very good imjjression on 
account of his kindness and interest in the welfare of all the men. His whole 
heart was bent on building a Company of which we would all be jiroud. This 
he did. We felt like one big family, and, when the time for transfers arrived, 
every one strived hard to be one of those to remain. First Lieutenant Walter F. 
Hays was one of the original officers who labored to whip the men into shape 
and condition foi^ the ordeal through which we were to pass. Lieutenant Hays 
was transferred to the 32nd Division November 15th, 1918, having been pro- 
moted to Captain November 12th, 1918. We shall never forget Lieutenant 

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Cleorge X. Ahhouse, hecaiisc of his nc\fr lirinj,' energy in the training of the 
Company. .Many times did we disctiss and talk about "Double time George," 
as he was commonly known among the men. llis spirit and willingness to help 
every one was felt by all. This history would be incomplete without mention of 
the officer who alwa\s kept up cheerfulness in the Company, Lieutenant James 
S. McKeon. Lieutenants Althouse and McKeon were both promoted from Sec- 
ond Lieutenants to First Lieutenants, January 15th, 1918. Lieutenant Ralph J. 
Miller was another officer connected with the Com])any at the time of its organ- 
ization and an officer of whom we were all proud. Lieutenant Miller was 
transferred to Com])an\- "ti" shortly before our departure for overseas. The 
officer who always had the men guessing was Lieutenant E. Morrow- Sheppard. 
lie was witli us during our long and tedious training, only to be finall\- trans- 
ferred to Kegimenlal ! Icad(|uarters before having the opportunity to see ;iction 
with the Company. 

Company "11" had a glorious celebration in a Hallowe'en party and nuich 
to be thankful for in the Thanksgiving turkey, but it is Christmas that brings us 
by far the happiest memories. In the true spirit of the day, Christmas brought 
gifts to all from the Red Cross and kind friends of the Company, including the 

Dav bv (lav the organization (le\eloped and was readv to cope with all of 
the situations that arose in respect to drill and manoeuvers. The non-commis- 
sioned officer personnel was selected ; recruits arrived at stated intervals and 
were developed into soldiers ; and many men were transferred to other divisions. 
\\'c worked hard ; we also played hard. Company athletics were organized and 
we pla\ed our games to reflect credit on the Com])any. There were frequent 
snowball fights, frequent entertainments, and wc were al)le to enjoy ourselves 
thoroughly in our army home. 

As the s])ring days came, we began the more serious side of our tniining 
and prejxired to ])lay our part in the World War. We took up the imjiortanl 
pun of the soldier's instruction — rifle W'ork, and felt proud of the score earned 
on the target range, the second highest in the Regiment. We learned tiie new 
formations for the proper disposition in the offense and on the defense. We 
learned to march : wc learned to parade. Among the numerous jiarades, we 
especially renicnilier the review of the Division by the Secretary of W'ar and by 
President Wilson. We were proud to ])arade. Xo company ever marched more 
proudly on occasions of re\iew than did Company "11" under the command of 
(.'a])t;iin \\'illiams. In the early days of .April, we cheerfully made the hike to 
Ualtiniore, were re\iewed l)y the President of the United States, demonstrated 
to the people of llaltinKire how we could li\e in tents, how the army is fed, and 
how quickly an organization can move and carrv its home with it. We made 
the return march to Camj) Meade without losing a man. 

During tlie months of .Ma\- and June, we busied ourselves with preparing 
for our journey overseas. Xew equijiment was issued, called in, and re-issued, 
l-'verything was in a "hubbub" and a bustle. But, along with this hustle, came 
many visitors to Camp Meade who wished to see the men of Company "H" 
before they left the United ."-^tates. Mothers, wives and sweethearts arrived in 
numbers each Sunday. 


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On July 5th, we received orders for the movement overseas. With mingled 
emotions we bade farewell to our loved ones : we were sorry to leave the home- 
folks and the homeland, but we were proud to be off on such an important 
mission. On July 7th, we entrained for Holroken. and on the morning of the Xth 
filed slowly up the gang plank of the transport America. Before our departure 
from Camp Meade, our Battalion Commander, Major Borden, had been ordered 
to precede the Regiment to France, and Captain Williams was placed in com- 
mand of the Second Battalion. The command of the Company devolved ujion 
Lieutenant Hays, who was our leader until just prior to entering the lines. 

( )n JuK- ISth, we arrived in the beautiful harbor of Brest and diseml)arked 
the following day. New and strange sights were to greet our eyes. The customs 
of the French, their wooden shoes, their railways, their methods of living and even 
their wine, all of these were to be part and parcel of our experiences in France. 
At Brest, we pitched a shelter-tent camp in a small field and were greeted with 
three days of drenching rain and none too much food. We proceeded from Brest 
to the 10th Training Area on the famous "40 f^ommes or 8 Chevaux," and made 
our first real acqtiaintance with "iron" rations. We were now learning the points 
of "field soldiering." After three days, we landed at our new home, Leuchey, 
which was a Cjuaint village situated in beautiful Haute-Marne. Here we stayed 
until the first of September, devoting much time to drill and intensive training 
for the great task ahead of us. We learned how to "take baths" from a barrel 
with holes punched in it. We learned how to accustom ourselves to living mid 
the horses and cows of France : we became acquainted with the French jjeople 
and their hospitality : and we also learned how the American Army could be 
street cleaners. 

At Leuchey, we were rounded into an excellent fighting machine and were 
now ready to take our stand beside those who were fighting on the front. On 
Septemljer 8th, we marched to Vaux under fidl equipment, boarded box cars, 
proceeded to Revigny, marched to Brillon and rested for two days from our 
journey. On the evening of September 12th, we were loaded into a train of 

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Frt-iu'li trucks, warned conccrnint; smoking or making any unnfi.-t-ssar\- noise llial 
might attract the Germans, antl then carried to the front. 

We were now getting into big things. On September I3lh. "11" C'omjjany 
took o\er its sector in the Cannebiere Trenches, Hoyeau 304. Mere we became 
acquainted witli dugouts, many rats, enemy planes and the trench system as used 
in warfare. Our period in tlie trenches is a landmark in our history as soldiers. 
But still greater things were ahead of us. On September 26tii. we went over 
the top under the command of Captain Williams. We moved out in line of 
combat groups toward Malancourt, every man searching the terrain eagerlv for 
Cermans to ca])ture. Near Malancourt we saw our first German prisoner, and 
on the hill just beyond the village we came under the first heavy enemy artillerv 
fire of our experience. We took co\er from this fire in a trench to the north of 
Malancourt and there spent the night. The following morning, we move<l for- 
ward in a direction slightly to the east of Montfaucon, in su]jport of the Third 
Battalion. During the day, we e.xperienced slight gas attacks and, occasionallv, 
light artillery tire from the enemy, and by night had reached the vicinity of the 
windmill (thai well remembered landmark) between Montfaucon and Nantillois. 
Here we spent the night. Rations were getting scarce and the water supply \er\ 
low, so low in fact that we tried to quench our tliirst with "gasolene water." The 
following morning we experiencetl a very heavy bomliardment and the Company 
suffered its first casualties. About noon we passed through Nantillois and on to 
the hill immediately north of the \ illage. 

At this point the Company entered the front line and prepared to strike 
a telling blow against the enemy. Forming in combat groups, and in two waves, 
we followed some of the small French tanks, guiding on the "Jean d' .Arc." As 
we reached the top of the hill (familiarly known as "Suicide Hill"), the enemy's 
machine gun and artillery fire was at its height, and, as w-e plugged forward, 
many of our comrades were wounded. Going down the opposite side of the hill 
and across the valley through intense machine gun fire, we reached the edge 
of the Bois des Ogons without the aid of our allotted tank, which was ])ut out 
of the game by a well directed shot from the Boche. Up to this time, the woods 
had been in possession of German snij^ers and machine gunners. The Company 
proceeded through the woods, making clearer the way for those that followed, 
and prepared to consolidate the newdy gained terrtiory. Hea\y artillerv fire. 
however, caused the Battalion to be withdrawn again to "Suicide Hill." ( »n the 
following morning, we again attacked the woods and were forced to withdraw 
because of the lack of suijjjorting artillery. (")n the ,50th, we were relieveil, 
having suffered a total of seventy-four casualties. We returned to our old 
"camping ground," Camp F., and from there made a very difficult hike, the 
hardest march of our military experience, to Senoncourt and thence to Camp 
Gibraltar, where we took our ])osition in sup])ort in the Troyon Sector. 

We hati suffered much physical exhaustion from our experience at the front, 
and influenza now attacked the Company and was the cause of manv of our 
comrades being evacuated. We were rested, re-equipped and quicklv shaped 
up for our second experience in the lines. On ( )ctober 23rd. we started our 
movement to the Grande Montague Sector, where we again experienced much 
action and hard fighting. Captain Williams was transferred from us as Regi- 
meiUal .Xdjutant, and Lieutenant Hays commanded the Company during this 

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Grenade Throwing From a Practice Trench 

action. ( )ur experience in this sector diifered from that of our former engage- 
ment in that we were here holding a position from hnes disposed along a series 
of shellholes. "H" Company supported Company "E" until November 2nd; 
then moved across "Death Valley" to the cover of the woods in a reserve posi- 
tion. On November 4th, the Company was ordered forward to support the 
First Battalion, with one platoon in support of Company "C" and three in sup- 
port of Company "B." In the advance, the Company was later in the front line. 
The advance covered but a few meters ; the position was then reorganized and 
the Companv maintained its position until November 8th, when it was relieved 
by Company "I" of the 314th Infantry. We were then moved to the left and 
placed in support of the First Battalion, ,il3th Infantry. Thus disposed, the 
Company advanced toward Etraye, and on the night of the 8th rested on the hill 
south of Reville. (Jn the morning of the 9th, we marched south to Etraye. The 
Company was then formed in line of combat groups and moved beyond the 
Damvillers-Gibercy road. Here we were subjected to artillery fire, supposed 
to l)e our own heavy artillery, and we fell back about 500 meters to some 
trenches, where we spent the night. (_)n the morning of the 10th, we moved 
forward under cover of heavy fog in an attempt to capture the heavily fortified 
hill to our front. The enemy fire caused us to change our direction and follow 
the narrow gauge railroad for some distance. We then crossed the Thinte 
River by means of a wooden bridge, which, however, was under a heavy enemy 
machine gun fire. Following our crossing, we took cover beyond the stream 
behind an embankment, and returned the enemy's fire. In this position we rested 
during the night and on the following morning moved south beyond the village 
of Gibercy. Here we prepared for an attack at 9:30 A. M. This attack was just 
getting under way when 11 o'clock brought the welcome news of the armistice. 

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"H" Company had played its part in the war and was now ready to rest and re- 
cnperate. In this engagement we had suffered thirty-seven casualties, and seventy-two 
men were with the Company at the hour of the Armistice. We immediately huilt fires, 
fed ourselves, dried our clothing, and gathered around camptires for songs and dis- 
cussions of what we had jjassed through. We were soon reclothed and moved to 
Damvillers to make our homes in the houses of that village. Lieutenant Hays, who 
had heen promoted to Captain, was transferred to the 32nd Division. leavi?ig us in 
the command of Lieutenant llackett. He was assisted by Lieutenant Mitchell, who 
had joined us prior to entering the last drive. Later, Lieutenant Gledhill was assigned 
to the Company. Our comfortable homes in Damvillers had to be given up when 
"H" Company was ordered to Gibercy on outpost. We shall always remember the 
cold nights in the delapidated shell-shocked town of Gibercy. On November 22nd, we 
were relieved and ordered to return to Damvillers. Captain Trundle, who had been 
assigned to the Company, joined us on our return march and placed us in the old 
homes that we had occupied before going on outpost. 

We now busied ourselves rustling German material, namely stoves, wood, window 
panes, etc., to make ourselves comfortable. We underwent frequent inspections, partici- 
pated in many manoeuvers, and prepared ourselves for any emergency that might de- 
velop. We participated in the famous Thanksgiving parade, in the election of the 
Mayor of Damvillers, and enjoyed our Christmas dinner. 

On the morning of December 26th, "H" Company swung into column on the march 
to Neuville-en-Verdunois. We marched with high spirits because we felt we were mov- 
ing towards home. After three days, we arrived in Neuville, made our homes in F"rench 
billets and settled down again for a series of drills, target range work and occasional en- 
tertainments. Men were granted leaves, and the V. M. C. A. furnished shows from time 
to time to relieve the monotony of the hum-drum life in Xeuville. On .March 28th, we 
packed up and set out for our new home at Rimaucourt. which we reached after \\\e 
days march. Our various resting places are mentioned in the list of places in which 
"we have hung our hats," but words cannot describe the kilometers over which we hiked. 

Our new home w'as in barracks that brought back to us vivid memories of Camp 
Meade days. The Red Cross and the Y. M. C. .\. furnished us entertainments every 
evening, and life in general was "rosy." We busied ourselves in preparing for an in- 
spection by General Pershing, participated in ceremonies in which decorations were 
awarded for bravery and started our preparations for sailing for home by turning in 
much of the excess equipment which we had lugged all over France. -At Rimaucourt 
we were also forlunate enough to ha\e tables in a tidy messhall, and were able to eat 
with comfort. We seized the opi)ortunity of having a small banquet to which our former 
Company Commander, Captain Williams, and our Chaplain, Lieutenant Lancaster, were 
invited. Hoth honored us with their iiresence. the men of the Company put on an ex- 
ceptionally original program and we had a very enjoyable evening. 

.•\t 2 .X. .\1., .-Xpril 23rd, we boarded boxcars (.-Vmerican) and journeyed to Beautour. 
Here we underwent frequent inspections, were w-arned not to get drunk, and were cau- 
tioned concerning 101 different things that might prevent our going home. We cleaned 


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The Kitchen of Company "H" in Operation on the Front Line 
Immediately After the Armistice 


rilles. we sliined shoes; then we re-cleaned rifles and re-shined shoes; we re-arranged 
om- identification tags; we pressed our clothes; we drew new clothing; we displayed 
our equipment and we rolled packs; but we didn't care because it was all in preparation 
for the homeward journey. 

On the 12th of May. we left Beautour for the Embarkation Camp at St. Nazaire. 
Here we were inspected, bathed, and deloused. ("H" Company was never known to 
harbor one single louse); we were issued denims to keep our uniforms neat and trim; 
we were paid; and we were fed on candy and cigarettes to augment the scarce meals 
served by the camp kitchens. In between times, we played baseball and defeated the 
teams of several of our sister companies in the Battalion. After four days, we received 
the order, for which we had waited since November 11th, to board the transport for 

At 5 o'clock on the morning of May 17th, our good ship, the Santa Rosa, slipped 
from the dock and started toward America. Our history need not contain a description 
of this vessel and our voyage. "Santa Rosa" will suggest the entire history of the trip. 
After fourteen days of bobbing up and down, rolling from side to side and listing about 
over the bounding deep we were landed safely in Philadelphia. The landing occurred 
on Memorial day, 1919, and we shall never forget the greeting that the old city of Broth- 
erly Love gave us after an absence of ten months. Thereafter, Camp Di.x and demo- 
bilization tell the remainder of the tale. 

"H" Company, since the date of organization, lias lived according to the highest of 
soldierly principles and has alwa3's kept its members cemented together by a ti,ght bond 
of comradeship. .Approximately eight hundred men passed through the organization 
during its history. To each of these belongs a place in this account of the Company. 
We have drilled well, we have paraded well, we have played well, but above all we have 
fought well. Some members of the Comijany are lying with the heroes in France, and 
their memory will ever remain the most sacred part of our history; some have been 
wounded and carry the scars received while fighting in the ranks; others have fought 
bravely and well without undergoing physical pain. All of these, together witli the 
men who have been transferred from the Company, have made Company "H," 315th 
Infantr}', what it is — an organization of which each member may feel justly proud. 

Happenings Which the Men of Company "H" "Will Always Remember 

1. Week-end passes. 

2. The first Saturday morning inspection. A company of men, new arrivals from 
civil life, where dirty clothes, cigar butts, and all refuse had been thrown on the floor for 
either mother, sister or the maid to pick up, were suddenly confronted with the task of 
placing everything in a uniform manner and having an army home spick and span for the 
eagle eye of an inspector. The first bunk to meet the inspector's eye was that of the acting 
First Sergeant. It was adorned by an empty whisky bottle, a collection of one week's rub- 
bish and scattered pieces of equipment. The barracks and bunks of the man showed the 
example of the First Sergeant's display. Let it suffice to say that our instructions on 

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policing, t(illi)uing such a showing, was such as to make a model Company for all inspectors 
during the remainder of the history of Company "H." 

3. Hallowe'en party. I!il7. 

4. Thanksgiving party, HUT. and the pleasure incident to the four-day passes issued 
to 50 per cent, of the Company for the 'rhanksgiving holiday. 

•5. Camp Meade Laundry, with its comhined etTecl upon our clothes and upon our 
pockethook, through its monthly call of $1.40. 

(1. Presentation to the Company of various colored skull caps and knitted sweaters hy 
friends of the organization in Philadelphia. Company "H" was the first company in the 
Regiment to enjoy such lu.xurics. 

7. Christmas party, 1!UT. The mmierous gifts, the Christmas passes to those who were 
fortunate enough to draw them. 

8. Promised New Year passes. 

9. Company quarantine for measles — January .'ilst to February 17th, 1!I18. 

10. The mysterious club formed for the one i)nrpose of keeping warm during the cold 
winter nights. The assembly room of the club was in the latrine. 

11. The .-Xeroplane Guard in an o|)en lield, 17 miles from Camp, where the machine had 
made a forced landing on its return trip froiu Camp Meade to Washington. 

12. The first bivouac of the Regiment along the railroad to the southwest of ,\dmiral; 
the attack of the camp by the Second Battalion durin.g the night; and the heavy downiiour 
of rain in which we had to break camp the following morning. 

13. The famous Baltimore hike ; the camp at Patterson Park, and the review of the- 
Division by President Wilson. ( Company "H ' boasts the fact of having the first wa.gon 
loaded when camp was broken at Patterson Park preparatory to the return march to Camp 

14. "H" Company won second place in the Regimental range work at Camp Meade and 
was awarded a cup for this achievement. 

15. The epidemic of clipped hair which struck the Company when ordered overseas and 
which transformed the Company into a bare-headed organization. 

l(i. Tlic issue of overseas e(|uipment and frequent inspections preparatory to .sailing. 
17. The mimerous ailments among the home folks recpiiring the immediate presence of 
members of the Company when passes were not issued. 



The movement overseas and the stay at Brest. 

Our first impression of billets with horses and cows in France. 

( )uv baths in France. 

In Homines and S Chevaux. 

Our first experience at the front and especially the attack on the woods north of 

Xantillois in conjunction with the tank "Jeanne D'.-\rc." 

'23. The first night march from Camp "E" to Senencoiirt and thence to Camp Gibraltar, 

24. The second experience on the front — The Grand Montagne Sector, 

25. The eleventh month, eleventh day, eleventh hour, 11118. 

26. The tour of outpost duty at Gibercy — .\ovember 14th to November 2'ind, 1P18. 

27. Our part in the parade given by the Second Battalion at Damvillers. 
2S. Our frequent attacks on the high hills east of Damvillers, during the numerous 

manoeuvers in our early weeks of training after the .Armistice. 

2!i. Our Christmas dinner, 11118, and the numerous Christmas boxes received from the 
folks back home. 

30. The seven-day leaves and tlu- relief they brought from the routine of army work. 

31. The winning of the Batl.ilion cliampionship in the soccer series during our stay at 

32. The five-day hike to Rimaticourt. Every man of the Company made this entire hike 
and finished with a great reserve of "pep" which brought special commendation from the 
Brigade and Regimental commanders. 

■'!.'i. The farce parade and presentation of medals staged by members of the Company 
at Rimaucourt. 

.34. The inspection and review by General Pershing. 

35. The supper and Company party at Rimaucourt. 

30. The review of the Regiment by l.ieutenant-General Liggett in which "11" Company 
was especially commended by the General. 

37. The numerous inspections preparatory to embarking for the United States. 

38. The homeward bound trip on the "Santa Rosa." 

39. .-Ml arrivals of mail wdiile in the A. E. F. 

40. How the gold service strijie was earned. 

41. .All ftay days in the army. 

42. The good fellowship that has always characterized members of Company "11." 



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Places Where We Hung Our Hats 



Camp Alcadc, Md. . . - . 

September 22, 1017 

July 7. 11)18 

Hoboken, N. J. - 

- July 8. 1018 

July 0. 1018 

En route U. S. S. Aincrka - 

July 0. 1!>1S 

July 18, 1018 

Brest ( Finistiere ) ... 

- July 10, 1018 

July 22. 1018 

En route. "4ii llonimes or 8 Clicvaux" 

July 22. 1!>18 

July 25. 1018 

Vivey-Clialniessin (Ilaule Marne) 

- July 2.-;, I!n8 

July 2li, 1018 

Leuciiey 1 Haute Marue) 

July 2(>, 1!I18 

September 1. 11)18 

Cliauiplitte (Haute Marue) 

September 1, 1018 

September 2. 1018 

I.eucliey (Haute Marne) 

September 2. 1018 

Scptcmljer 8. 1018 

Vaux (Haute Marne) ... 

September 8. ll»18 

September 1», 11)18 

Rcvigny (Meuse) . . . _ 

September !t. 1!>18 

Seplonber 1). IHIS 

Mogncville (Meuse) 

September 0. 1018 

September |i). 11118 

P.rillon (Meuse) . . _ 

September lu. 1018 

Septouber 12. 11)18 

Cani|) E (Meuse, l'"oret de Hesse) 

September 13, 1018 

September 13, 1018 

Boyau 304 (treuehes) 

.September 13. 1018 

September li), 11)18 

Camp E ( Meuse) 

September 1!». 11)18 

September 25, 1018 

Meuse-Argoune OflTeusive ( Mniufaucou ) - 

Sei)tember 2-5, 1018 

September 30, 1!>18 

Malancourt (Meuse) 

September 30, 1018 

October 1, 1018 

Camp E ( NTeuse) . . _ _ 

- October 1. lOIS 

October 3, 1018 

Sennncdurt (Meuse) ... 

(October 1, 1!)18 

October 4, 1018 

Rccourt ( Meuse) .... 

- October 4, 11118 

October 5, 1018 

Camp (lihraltar (Meuse) ( Pierrelitte) 

October •".. 11)18 

October 21, 1018 

\Voiml)ey (Meuse) ... 

- October 21, 1018 

October 22, 1018 

Camp Gibraltar (Meuse) 

October 22, 1018 

October 23, 1018 

Beuoite Vaux (Meuse) 

- October 23, 1018 

October 2(1, 1018 

Bois La Claire. Germoinille (Meuse) 

October 27, 1018 

October 28, 11)18 

Bois de Forges (Meuse) 

- October 28, 1018 

October 20. 1018 

Meuse Arsonue Offensive ( (Irauile Moutaiiue S 

jctor) October 21), 11)18 

November 11, 1018 

Hill ■_':,'<. Gib-rcy (Meuse) 

November 11. 1018 

November 13, 1018 

I3am\illers ( Meuse) ... - 

November V.\. 11)18 

November 14, 1018 

Gibcrcy (Meuse) .. . _ 

Novonlier M, 11)18 

November 22, 1018 

Damvillers ( Meuse) ... 

Novemljer 22, 1018 

December 3. 1018 

Toul - - . - . 

December 3. 1018 

December 4, 11)18 

Damvillers ( Meuse ) - - 

December 5, 1018 

December 2(i, 1018 

Thierville (Meuse) 

December 26, 1018 

December 27, 11118 

Souilly (Meuse) .... 

December 27. 1018 

December 28, 1018 

Ncuville-en-Vcrduuois (Meuse) 

December 28, 1018 

March 28, 1010 

Rosnes (Meuse) - - - - 

Marcb 28, 1010 

March 20, 1010 

Gery (Meuse) . - - - 

March 21). llHO 

March .3i), mil) 

Ligny-en-P>arrois (Meuse) 

Maixb 31). 11)10 

March 31, IDlD 

Paneey ( Meuse) - - - 

Mai-eb 31. 11)10 

April 1. llilli 

Riniaucnurt ( Haute Marne) - 

Api-il 1. 11)10 

April 2.3. 11)11) 

En route American B-ixears 

.April 23, 11)10 

A|)ril 25. llllli 

Beautour (Loire Inf.'rieure) 

.A,nril 25. 1010 

May 12. lOlU 

St. Nazaire (Loire Inferieure) 

May 12, 1010 

May Ki. 1010 

En route C S. S. .Vi;i;/i; Rosa 

!\Iav 17, 11)10 

May 31), 11)10 

Camp Dix, N. J. ... 

May 31), IDIO 

June 11. 11)10 

Lest We Forget That "March Under Full Equi 



To Baltimore and kelurn 



To Leuciiey. from Vivey-Cbalmessin 


- 15 

To Cbamplitte and return for Divisional manoeuver 


To Front Line position from Leucbey area 

- - . 

- 35 

Our First Drive, vicinity Montfaucon and Nantillois 


F'rom Camp E to Camp Gilbraltar 

- - - 

- 30 

Camp (Gibraltar to Front Line Position 



Tbe Grand Montague Sector 


- 10 

On way to Souilly .\rea 



And tlien to Rimaucmirl, I 'i'liis includes marcbes of over ten miles) 

- 70 

Total - - _ . 

- — - _ 



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The 515th Infant^ry 


Roster of Company H 

September 1,1918 

Davi.i E. Williams. Jr. 



N. Altliouse E. Morrow 



F. Hays Charles S. 


.Tames S. McKeun 




Edward J. Scbrier 

Hans Scbiess Horace R. McCormick, Jr. | 


Mieliaid Ci.liiMiU.v 

Stanley h. Hern William R. Lepper 

Morris C. Roseman 

Walter II. U.ilde 

Daviii Kolinsky William J. MeClory 

Frank Scbweibinz 

Albert 11. E/.ell 

I'arl (_'. Lenz * Vernon T. Patterson 

Charles E. Spracklen 

Calitli AriiKindu 

William J. Henry John J. McDonough 

Guy K. Milh-n 

Robert E. Blessing 

Alht-rt E. Ilntehinson John J. McGuiness 

Joseph W. OrbcU 

Robert W. Hoyii, Jr. 

Pan! G. Ko.-li John J. McLaughlin 

Arthur C. Pabst 

Karl W. Bradley 

Cliarles McCanley Rush P. Marshall 

Harry S. Podolnick 

Alfred M. Careen 

Walter V. MeConeghy Joseph A. Mickey 

William J. Rcichelt 

.latnes L. Gallagher 

Walter J. Tyson 




Joseph Conti 

Aujrvist Koliver Robert J. McCh-llan 

Thomas S. H 

inter Herman A. Nitsche Charles H. Sharp 

Toiiey Jennies 

Raymonil Wolf 

Waeily Wiiio, 



Harry E. Case 

Thomas J. Jones Thomas J. McCarthy 

Edward C. Moran 

Jnlm J. Deeney 

William Lentine Rernard McEUiutton 

Scstbincu Scraral)o 

Raymond N. Heintzeliiian 

Samuel D. Lindeman Vincenzo Mammucari 

Jack Tiakiiiias 

James A. Abruzzi 

Adolph C. Grimmer William J. McDonnell 

Pietro Scarpinato 

(Pscar F. Allien 

John Gryszkiewicz Rodger J. McElwee 

fn'..iy J. Scbaefer 

Charles II. Ahlerton 

John A. Haag Frank A. Maguire 

Ji.lin F. Scliebler 

I'i'ter AoKeloni 

Edward A. Harley Xickolas Miacher 

Edwanl Schociiplein 

Walter Atwood 

Benjamin Harniclin Charles J, Maier 

Morris Schullzcr 

Anthony Balinski 

George J. Hassh-r Michael Mala 

William E. S.hwartz 

Alfonzo Barrnlli 

George L. Hassun Francis A. Malloeh 

P.ariicy Scirica 

rhaiies II. Hates 

Dennis Head Elmer P. Markline 

Ra.viiioiid II. Seager 

Nicl K. liech 

Joseph J. Hipp Anthony Mayshock 

Scbast iaiio Seclii 

Alii- Heruiun 

Harry Hott'man Lonis Meditz 

Charles V. Seittt-r 

•luliii J. Herrigan 

Edward Hughes Fred C. Messemer 

David Shea 

()s(:ir F. Hopliner 

Jack Indenbaum Morris Michael 

Steve Slicmella 

.I.iiiii Molinski 

George A. Irvine William Micblalkiewien 

Anions M. Shoup 

St:nil<'v W. liolinski 

P.eniamin Isaacson Sam Millnr 

John Skachilisb 

Xil.Iu n.izzini 

Clark V. Jacobs William Monter 

Felix Smitli 

Frank lirnwiiis 

Thomas K. James Edward Moody 

Francis Smith 

Ihi-u V. linnlpr 

Robert H. JctTerson James A. Morris 

Joseph SodtT 

William Iturhter 

Alexander Kat^llis Elmer E. Most 

Louis Sosonsky 

Juliii Cat'soti 

Joseph Karolak Callie Maddox 

Morris L. Sperling 

[1«-Mj:irniii F. Childs 

Peter Kaisas Giuseppe Nardecchia 

Cliarles Sfachle 

Waiti-i- K. rii-miewski 

Christ P. Kiefer Filippo Nardinoeehi 

William J. Starr 

.loliri J. Cuh'k 

Henry R. Klen<'k Francesco Natuzzi 

Albert Stcinhauscr 

Kn-cltTick W. Danz 

Joseph F. Kohlman Harry Nefsky 

George J. Storz 

.luliii M. Deiter 

William F. KosT^r Charles Nelson 

Elwood Stremmel 

AiHln-w A. DiDio 

Walter Kowalski Joseph Obzyncki 

Henr.v A. Sundermann 

.Inscpli l»iMezzo 

Frederick Kricher William O'Conneli 

William 11. Sundermann 

-laiiiHs liiiinicHy 

Henry Kri.k Fred F. 

Mike Swariz 

\*iii<'»*nl Ilmlris 

George \'. Krombach Anthony ossniaiin 

T^ilc^baw Swiokla 

Iiviiij.' Kpst.'in 

Frank A. Knntz Virgil Overton 

Maurilio L. Taormina 

4'harU's Kairlmrn 

Harry Labohl Frank Pahls 

Domenico Tortorelli 

\ l,awn'ii<-c J. Farro 

John H. Laclienmeior Maciej Pahih 

Arthur W^ Trainer 

James H. F.-rry 

Robert E. Lane AntoncUi Paolo 

Frank Travers 

Just'pli Filcnioiiowicz 

Thomas L. Lane Michele Piceiolle 

John A. Illrich 

(leoi-K*^ W. Franck 

Samuel H. Lang Clifford Pickering 

Flori Valento 

Henry Fallf-r 

Gustave J. Larigen Charles Pierce 

Frank A. Waile 

Eiiriro (Jncuvt'tti 

Roman Lapinski Peter W . Poda 

Charles Waiting 

Frank (Jallaylier 

John P. Lanlner George E. Rambo 

Frank Walker 

Nit'l (JallatilK-r 

Antonio I..aiidanski Josepli Reitz 

Stinev Werzebeke 

' .Tallies S. Galloway 

Samuel Lichtenstein Robert Ritchie 

John I. Westerberg 

William E. Gee 

Morris Lipkin Morris Rosenblnm 

Alfred M. Wineman 

Harry F. Gerety 

Edward Linp^rt Frederick K. Rupp 

Joachim W<)rnela 

Nnt<)I(' Giar-liini 

Frederick Lippcrt Joseph Rupple 

Peter Yager 

Ernest A. 0<m'1iiis 

Francis Long Lawrence F. Sandaver 

Frank R. Yerkes 

MMyer Gnmlfrifinl 

Frank Louder Charles Sanfilippo 

Walter Zubris 

i Joseph F. Griniahii 


Michael J. McCaim Joseph Sanzone 

Joined as Replacements — October 26, 1918 


John K, (in'Kerson 

Harrison Stedman Ernes' A. Stout 

rosier L Watts 

l£ U<-im1 

Ole Stensvik Fletiiie- G. Torkelson 

Williarn W. W'illiams 

Richard V. Simmons 


Tbfina> M. W\vlegala 

Berth' G. Asselstinc 

Gab,^ Hughes Eliu»r R. Stone 

Williimi B. TTpdegraff 

James Connerv 

George W^ Shupe Samrel T Truss 

Herman Weber 

William r. Fiester 

Milo Smith Ray E. Tyree 

W^illiam F. Wertz 

Edward J. Foster 

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The 515 th Infant^ry 


Company I 

Company K 

Company L 

Company M 

Page Two Forty-flve 


The oiOTH Inkanttry 


I'aise Two Forty-six 

The 315th Infant 

Third Battalion Headquarters 

MaJciK l-KAXl. 

TIk- follnwintj is a brief outline (if the personnel of Tliirtl 
llattaliiin I kacli|iiarlers diirini; the ditterent periods of its history: 

liuttalion Commander 

Major h"KA.\tis V. l.uivii - l-'roni (Organization to July (i. HUM 
Cai't. Alisert FkiEiiLANLiF.R (Acting), Julv 7, 11118 to Julv L'ti. V^IH 
MAjoti Francis V. Llovd - Jnlv 27. VMH. to Oct' 11. 1!)18 
Cai't. LtTifs A. MiiLEK (Actin.<r). Oct. V2. V.HX. to Oct. 2'>, U»18 
Ma.Tor Francis V. Li.ovd - Oct. -Jli, 1!)18, to Nov. 8, 1!I18 

Capt. W'n.TON Snowden. Jr. (.Acting) - - Xov. 8. 1918 
-Mai. II. llARRi.soN S.MiTH (Acting), Xov. 8, 1!I18, to Xov. KH. 1!I18 
.\1ai. Jesse K. Langlev (.Acting), Xov. 14, 11118, to Xov. l-"), 1018 
M.\j. Francis V. Llovu - Xov. l(i, 11118. to April 21 IIMH 
Cai'-b. Coi.eman p. Brown ( .ALCting), April l'2.11U1I. to May 1M. llMli 
Maj. F'rancis V. Li.o>i) - Mav 1-1. llill>, lo Denioliilization 

Uattalioii .\d.jutant 

!■ ] RST 







Ben.iamin Hri.i.ncK, :iii - 

Wii.i.iAM 15. OonsoN (.Acting) 

Ren.iami.n Bri.i.ocK, 8i) - 

Geori;e S. I' 

Cari. W. Wentzee 

Li.ovii B. Paimer (.Acting) 

Cari. \\". .Andrews 

l-'roni Organization lo June 2i. 11118 

June 28. 11118, to August 20, ini8 

August 2:, 11)18, to September 21). 1918 

.September 3i), 11)18, to FVbruary o, 11)11) 

Februarv (>, IDID, to March 24. IDID 

March 2."), IDID. to May 1, IDID 

May 1, 11)11), to Denioliilization 

Battalion Intelligence Officer 

F'lRST LiEt_'T. Georck S. F'reeman 
Second Lieut. Thomas W. VAur,ii.\N 
First Lieut. GKORiiE S. 1'"reeman 

■rom Creation of Office to Xovember 1-J, 11)18 

Xovember Di, 1D18, to February 5, 1D19 

I'cliruarv li, IDID, to Demobilization 

First Lieut. Henry D. 
First Lieut. Harry D. 

Battalion Gas Officer 

F' - - From Creation of Office to September 28, 1.018 

F'UREY - - - September 2D, 11)18, to May L lOlD 

Medical Officers 

Owing to the constant shifting of nieilical officers tliat occurred within the Regiment, it 
is impossible to state definitely the exact assi.gnment of such officers. However, the follow- 
ing served in the main with the Third Battalion : 

Captain Kuhert C. Van Buren. M. C. 

Captain Kohert II. Morris M. C. 

First Lieut. Ralph C. Ci.ARincE. M. C. 

F'iRST Lieut. Francis C. Hendrick. M. C. 

F'irst Lieut. Gec^kce L. Drach. D. C. 

F'iRST Lieut. Charles L. Harhwick, D. C. 

First Lieut. Geor(,e M. B.mlev 
First Lieut. Wielia.m T. Willis 
First Lieut. Joseph E. Ca.merman 

Battalion Chaplain 

September 20. IDl-^. to October 2ii. 1D18 

November 2D, 1018. to Januarv 2. lOlD 

January •"), IDID, to May 17. IDID 

Non-Commissioned Staff (Battalion Sergeant Major) 

Bn. Sct. Maj. Anthony P. Davitt 
Corp. Fred L. Stellwaoen (Acting) 
Bn. Sgt. ^L^J. .Anthony P. Davitt 
Corp. Fred L. Stellwac.en ( .Acting ) 
Bn. Sct. Ma.t. .Anthony P. Davitt 
Corp. Raymond .A. Gai.lacher (.Acting) 
Bn. Sct. Maj. Henry F. Erickson 

December ID. 1D17, to September 28, 1018 

September 20, 11)18. to October 31, 1918 

Xoveinber I, 1918, to Xovember rt, 1918 

Xovember 7. 1918, to Xovember 2D, 1918 

Xovember 21, 1918, to April 1, IDID 

- April 2, IDID, to .May 8. IDID 

May 9, 1919, to Demobilization 


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The 315 th Inkant^ry 



The 17th of September, 1917, was a blooming day of the autumn variety, 
an ideal day, in fact, for bringing an infant com])any into being, and the powers- 
that-were in the Army apparently recognized that fact, for on that date. Company 
"I," 315th Infantry, first saw the light of day. Company "I" began existence 
in barracks R-15 with the following officer personnel: Captain Albert Friedlander 
("Mose"). First Lieutenant Orson J. (Iraham ("Shift-your-chew" and later, 
"Bayonet Face"). Second Lieutenant Harry D. Furey ("Old Man Uneasy"), 
Second Lieutenant George H. Trundle ("The Little ]\Ion"). Second Lieutenant 
Ira B. Kellberg ("Kelly"), and Second Lieutenant Raymond T. Turn ("Con- 
science"). (.)n the same date that witnessed the birth of Company "I." Sergeant 
Aloysius Rowan and Private Theron M. Woolson, both of the Regular Army, 
were assigned to the Company as the nucleus of the enlisted personnel. Sergeant 
Rowan was appointed acting first sergeant and Private Woolson acting duty 
sergeant immediately upon their assignment. 

The days following September 17th were fair and bright, a good omen for 
the future, and on the 22nd of September there came into the novel but some- 
what stark setting of Camp Meade "( )ur first 19 rookies." From now on, there 
was material out of which to form a front and rear rank, and upon these inno- 
cents fell the army mop and lingo, as well as the officers and "non-coms." On 
the 23rd of the month, 76 more recruits were gathered in and their history de- 
manded, the alleged joke of this latter group being one, "Snow Ball" Jenkins, 
who was sent to us by a Philadelphia local board. "Snow Ball" was verra brack, 
which fact alone put him in wrong, and the little matter of a useless trigger 
finger completed his unfitness. The Cooks and Bakers School drew the prize. 
(3n the 30th, we began a merry, changeful life when we dropped 14 men to the 
Supply Company and received 79 men from the 21st Training Battalion and two 
"non-coms" from the 23rd Training Battalion. 

The Regiment was now experiencing the days when long columns of lads in 
civies came up the dusty streets and were assigned by Chance and VORC to the 
various company barracks. During the first few days of "I" Company's history, 
it shared barracks R-15 with Company "L," the latter organization, however, 
being vdtimately assigned to barracks R-26. It was during these days, also, that 
one heard the Colonel invariably referred to as "that bloke" ; that a post was a 
"beat"; that "( )fficer O'Day" was the high guy and always missing; and that the 
Company drilled, half in civies and straw hats and half in uniforms that loudly 


Page Two Forty -eight 

The 315th Infanttry 

-1 — I 


denounced tailorings as a tine art. However, things went with a rush on the tlrill 
field, and, on the 2iid of ( )ctol)cr, the Company profited hy the attachment of 
T,ieutcnants Wetzel, Cold and Rodgers. Shortly tliereafter. Private Leonard A. 
Dcl'aul was assigned from a Coast .Artillery unit. 

During the month of < )ctol)er, the Company moved into Ijarracks R-14, which 
had just been vacated hy Headquarters Company. This building was a lighter 
barracks than R-15 and faced not only on Central Avenue west, but also on the 
open space to the north which separated the 312th Field .\rtillery from us, said 
space being topped by a large, symmetrical cedar tree and a small orchard, both 
of which pro\ided line shade for rest periods on hot days. Toward the latter 
part of the month, part of the lower floor of R-15 was fi.xed U]j as a rustic glade 
with ])ine branches, pine needles and autumn leaves. On Hallowe'en, this place 
was the scene of Company I's first big smoker. The first part of the scene was 
laid in the mess hall of R-14. where Colonel Roseubaum, Lieutenant Colonel 
]\Iorton, Captain Fleming, Major Lloyd, Lieutenant Bullock and the Company 
officers were guests of honor at a Company dinner, .\fter the dinner, the party 
was recoinened in the Pine Room of R-l.\ where a small stage hoisted into view 
the talent of the Company and a few neighboring uints. .Among the artists were 
Kirby and Quinu in their military dance. Winkle with his "Come Out of the 
Kitchen, Mary Ann," Billy McKee in "(live Me the .Moonlight," "Red" Mullen. 
and "Jim" Walker at the piano. 

The early drilling of the Company was done on the small field to the north 
of the officers quarters, the skirmish lines oftentimes extending down through the 
valley, where the W. B. & .\. shortly afterwards began work on the loop which 
was to save so many footsteps on pass days. Later on, the daily drills were con- 
ducted east of the Regimental area. Captain F'riedlander was so successful in 
whi|)])ing his command into shape by strict attention to the details of close order 
drill, that very shortly the Company stood with the best and, in the Captain's 
opinion, could go through the manual of arms — a hobby of his — with the best of 
the Regular .Army units. On October 22nd, we lost Lietitenants Rodgers, Gold 
and Wetzel, and on November 1st, Lieutenant Turn left on detached service for 
Fort Sill, { )klahoma, to study fortifications. During ( )ctober, Samuel Bell was 
made mess sergeant, Rubin Norwitz was made supply sergeant. Corporal Wil- 
liams and Private DePaul received appointments as sergeants, and Privates Peck, 
McKee, Irwin, Mc(!eoghegan, Downey, Hirst, Smith, McComl). ^'ahnell. Patter- 
son, Trotta and McLaughlin won their chevrons as corporals, all of which 
helped to put the Company on its feet as a smoothly running organization. 

It hasn't been mentioned heretofore that "Abe" Weintraub, the Camp pho- 
tographer, for the first few days ate our "chow." Later, he was rejected for 
physical disability, but that didn't keej) "Abe" away from the army, and in the 
end he managed to ]Mck uj) much kale on snapshots of Camp Meade life and 

Company "P' had the honor of standing the first guard in the ,il5th Infantry, 
and of having been on guard when the colors were first raised to the top of the 
white ])ole which was cut on the reservation and ])laced before Regimental Head- 
quarters. The formal guard mounts were terrors, held on the fall afternoons in 
the saucer to the east of the concrete roads, where the details were l)rought up 
to the sergeant major on the double. ( )n these occasions, "Diddy" Rowan was 
impressed as sergeant major, a position which he filled in a manner to capture 
the eye of the Major .and in kee])ing with all Regular .Army traditions. Then 
for a while. Regimental parades were held every afternoon in this basin, when, 
after the first circuit had been made at (juick time. Colonel Roseubaum would 



Page T>vo Porty-niue 


H Inkant^ry 


CoMTAXv "]" AT Camp jNIeade 
order us into double time, and the band would swing into "Pop Goes the Weazel" 
and "Coming Through the Rye." 

It was in r)ctober, before he left for Fort Sill, that Lieutenant Turn intro- 
duced the subject of insurance, and the fine work of Corporal Peck as solicitor 
swept aside many a scruple. Then in December, when Captain Foss became 
attached to the Company, he ])Ut his shoulder to the wheel and turned over the 
last prospects. What with Liberty bonds, allotments, "whether you live with 
your wife or not" insurance and the $1.40 which the camp laundry collected each 
month, there was little left for mischief. 

During December, First Lieutenants William A. Baker and William B. Ennis 
and Second Lieutenants F. W. Loundsbury and Harry Staley were attached to 
the organization. Lieutenant Staley, on taking charge of the regimental exchange, 
brought to it the air of a prosperous five and ten-cent store and drew patrons 
from all over the camp. In this month Corjiorals Peck and McKee received 
their warrants as sergeants, and Captain Friedlander picked Privates Weise, 
Mullen, Aliller, Block and Sherry for corporalships. 

Earlier in the season, football practice was in flower. Sergeant Van Riper 
lieing "1" Company's representative on the Regimental Team, but the 315th had 
more luck at baseball than football. At Christmas time the camp was cotton 
white with snow, and the raw pine barracks along the opposite ridge glowed like 
weather Ijeaten gold in the dark fir. During the months of 1917, the Company's 
officers and "non-coms" learned to work together, and, in spite of the enormous 
mnnljers of men who were only transients being transferred, as soon as broken 
in, to the several other divisions which were being prepared for movement over- 
seas at an early date, were able to keep the Company in a high state of excellence. 
Van Riper claimed that exclusive honor, the title of buck private, becatise of an 
incident caused by our gift piano and the celebration over it. After the incident 
of the piano, and the masqtierade snake walk through the Regiment New Year's 
night, the New Year started off with a rush. The Captain appointed Sergeant 
DePaul first sergeant. At this time. Sergeants Norwitz, Williams and Peck 
left for the Officers Training School, the school being in AA block at the north- 
west corner of the Camp. "Jim" Walker was appointed sergeant, and Second 
Lieutenant Matthews was attached. 


Page Two Fifty 

The 51; 


The t'aptain's xoicc liad j,n\en him consiileraljk' trouhk- at drills duriiis^ tin; 
late fall and early winter niuntlis. with the result liiat he was com])elled to seek 
treatment at the Base Hospital. During his absence. Lieutenant (iraham took 
command of the Comi)any. Lieutenants Haker and I'.nnis were transferred about 
the middle of January, and Lieutenant I'urn was promoted to the rank of first 
lieutenant. In February, Corporals Sherry, McComb, Hirst ,ind .^niith were 
ap])ointed sergeants, and Privates Mcl'arland, h^vans, Brzozf)wski, I,ynn, lleini 
and .Mcl-'adden liecame corporals. We lost Lieutenant Furey to "\\" Coni])anv, 
and gained I'^irst LieiUenant .Alfred (1. llarlow. In the latter ])art of the niontli. 
Captain h'riedlander returned to duty much impro\ed in health. 

During March. Lieutenant Trundle, to the sorrow of the Company, was 
transferred to the .Supply Comijany, and we were also obliged to say good-bye 
to Ca])tain Foss, who was transferred to the .\nti-.\ircraft Machine (iun Bat- 
talion. Curiously enough, another officer, Captain Crockett, was attached to the 
Coni])any at aliuost the same time. Toward the end of the month. Colonel 
Kosenbaum took the Kegimenl oiU for its initial e.\i)erience in lixing in the field. 
This camping out was simply ])reliminary to a much l)ig,ger event — the trip to 
Baltimore. .April 4-7, 191S. ( )n this tri]j, "]" Company, together with the other 
com])anies of the Regiment, experienced the thrill of being reviewed by the 
President of the United States in the famous P>altimore parade on April 6th. 
During the absence of the ,115th Infantry from Camp Meade, Lieutenant Graham 
was left in command of the Regimental Area. It was on the Baltimore trip that 
Captain Crockett received notice of his transfer from the Company. 

With the coming of sjiring, our baseball team got under way. The lineu|i 
was as follows: Palmer in the box, "Yap" Lash behind the bat. Tra])p at first, 
Kitchenman at second. Anderson at third. White at shortstop, Trotta in right 
field, ()"Donnell in left field and Senski in center field. This w'as our formation 
in our first game with "L"' Company, which became our great rival in the 
Regiment. On April 14th, the Company set out for the rifle range and remained 
in camp there until the 19th. ( )n the range much good work was done bv the 
members of Com]iany "1," "Jim" Walker being the high man in the Company. 

In May, Lieutenants Loundsbury, Matthews and Staley were transferred to 
the 154lh Depot Brigade. Palmer, who had been made sergeant, took over the 
mess sergeant's job when Walker abdicated the kitchen, and McComb and Sherry 
were detailed to attend the fourth ( )fficers Training School. While at the school, 
the last named men were transferred to the 154th Depot Brigaile. During the 
month. Lieutenant \\'illiam B. Dodson was assigned to the Com])any. coming 
from Com])any "L," where he had been attached. 

.\s May gave way to June, the Com])any finally received its full c[Uota of 
men. the recruits coming from ( )hio. New A'ork, and the artillery units of the 
Di\ision. Toward the close of June, another four days were s])ent at the rifle 
range, getting the recruits into shape, and a night was put in in adding to the trench 
system in the woods northwest of the Camp proper. In July, seven corporals 
were a])i)ointed sergeants, viz., Irwin, McCkoghegan, lilock, AIcFarland, Aliller, 
Weise and Trotta. At the same time, 25 privates were appointed cor])orals, viz., 
Cassedy, Cassels, Cummings, Curning, Doyle, Ciillen, lleusser, Lash, McLaugh- 
lin, Trajjp, Mill, Merriam. Mitchell, Rodgers, .^chreck. Landenberger, Schwartz, 
Cecil, Snvder, Cloth. McCleery, Watts. Lloyd, Farrells and Rhodes. Sergeant 
Hirst was ajjpointed mess sergeant and Coon and Mclntyre mechanics. 

The last davs in Camp Meade were taken up with manoeuxers around 
Dougherty's Knoll in the new platoon and section formations and Regimental 
parades. Finally the day of our departure arrived, and on Sunday, the 7th of 
Julv, 191S. we set out on the big adventure. We boarded troo]) trains at Port- 




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VoTiNc: AT Camp Meade 
land yards, southwest of Camp, at 4:40 P. M., and pulled out of the familiar 
scenes in the colored twilight of a fine summer day. The trip to Jersey City, 
via Philadelphia, brimmed over with acclaim and God-speeds, the Company arriv- 
ing at Hoboken the following morning. We proceeded by ferry to U. S. Em- 
barkation Pier No. 3 and embarked on the U. S. S. America, one of the great 
German liners which the Government had impressed into transport service and 
overhauled. Space was at a premium, so Company "I" shared l)unk space with 
"M" Company in F-2. 

Four other ships made up the fleet, which set out on its trans-,\tlantic trip 
on the evening of July 9th. On the night of Sunday, the 14th, a night as dark 
as the pit. the America narrowly escaped disaster when it struck a British tanker, 
cutting it in two. No panic was a])parent despite the hour, and the situation 
was handled in a fine manner under the tn'ing circumstances. On the ninth day 
out, American destroyers escorted us into French waters, and on the bSth of 
July the sea was crossed at last, the buff bluffs of France lying high and naked 
in the distance. We made anchor aljout 4 P. M. in the harbor of Pirest. Lighters 
carried us to the dock at 7 :00 P. M and then followed the march to a rest camp 
up a hill past the quaint old domiciles to a small hedged-in pasture, where tents 
were pitched in the dark. The three days there introduced French weather but 
little rest. 

We entrained on the afternoon of the 22nd for a three day trij) inland, 
stopping at nights for coffee in large towns, and detrained on the 25th at Vaux, 
from which place we marched a distance of 13 kilometers to Chalancey, our 
training area. Chalancey was a souvenir of feudal times and was situated on a 
high hill, with its chateau commanding the steep approaches. "I" Company found 
billets in the ujjper end of the village. Then started the six weeks of intensive 
training through the chateau park and over the surrounding hills. Lieutenant 


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"~T 1 

CO.MI'.WY 1 
I'urn was in coniniaiul of the I'irst I'latoon, Sergeant Woolson his assistant. 
Lieutenant Kellbcrg had the Second, Sergeant Williams being his assistant. 
Lieutenant Dodson was in iharge of the Third, Sergeant Peck his assistant, and 
Lieutenant Trundcl. who had rejoined the Coni])any, had the I'^ourth. with Ser- 
geant Rowan as his assistant. Lieutenant draliani assisted Ca])tain I'Viedlander, 
the company commander. Later, .'>crgcant Woolson became first sergeant of 
the Battalion Intelligence section under Lieutenant Preeman, Sergeant Irwin tak- 
ing his place. 

On the night of .Vugust 31st, Major Lloyd, through the courtesy of the 
Baroness, gathered the Battalion together on the beautiful terrace of the chateau. 
The fine orchestral music, the drill play and songs, the candle-lit stage glowing in 
the deep dusk, the hostess charming and pi([uant, who inviteil the towns-peojile 
for the esening's enjoyment and who was delighted bv Major Lloyd's ex])lanati(ins 
of the jilay, the walk back through the old grove, its gnarled trunks ligiitcd dimly 
here and there by \agrant moonbeams, will all be remenibcrcd by the men of 
the Third Battalion. 

On September 1, 1918, Lieutenant Trundcl was transferred to the Supjjly 
Company, leaying Sergeant Rowan in charge of the Fourth Platoon. Privates 
Reid, Mullen and lawyer were a])pointed corporals. ( )n Sunday night, Sei)tem- 
ber <Sth, we left Chalancey with its little restaurant and its winding streets for 
good, hiking to Vaux in a heavy rain and entraining at dawn, Monday morning. 
We left at 9 .\. M., and journeyed to Revigny, where we detrained about 6 P. M. 
that evening. We lay in a field just outside Revigny through a wild, rainy night, 
resuming the march in the morning and covering a distance of about 2.7 kilo- 
meters to Haironville, a rambling old town, which we entered about 5 P. M. 
and which the Third Battalion occupied until the 12th. We took French trucks 
on the evening of the 12th for a ride which lasted into the next morning and finally 
ended near Dombasle. The First Platoon liecame sejiarated from the rest of 
the Company on the trij). but finally rejoined the outfit at noon on the 13th in 
the woods near Brocourt. We rested in French billets there until 6 P. M., when 
we marched through Dombasle and north to reserve positions in the lines. 

"I" Company occupied large dug-outs at P. C. Caesar on a hillside bare of 
trees and it was here, on the night of the 15th. that Corporal Landenberger. while 
posting the guard, was fatally wounded by an aerial bomb. It was our first 
disastrous e.x])erience with Hun planes and it sobered us all. .\t the same time, Reid recei\ed a slight fragment in the foot. ( )n the night of Wednesday 
the ISth, the Third Battalion left the reserve and took the roacl through Montze- 
\ ille and Fsnes, that little ghost of a town bleached in the moonlight, and marched 
single file up the hill into Boyau Cannebiere, w-ithout mishap, relieving the Second 
Battalion. The reserve dug-outs were shelled a few hours after we left them. 
"I" Company's P. C. was Raoul Duval, a name taken from the trench system to 
the left of Boyau Cannebiere. ( )n the night of the 24th, the field artillery 
su])])orting us ])ulled in and took position, and we knew that wc were going "over 
the to]>'" as shock troops. 

< )n the night of SeiHember 25th-26th. the ,?14th Infantry went up into the 
junii)ing oft' trenches. Company "E," of the 129th Infantry, which hatl been 
in out])ost pulled back and Third Battalion Headquarters moved up, occupying 
"M" Company's dug-outs. Our heavies opened u]) at 11 :30 P. M., the 75's join- 
ing in at 2:30 A. M., and at 5:30 A. M., along a 25-mile front, the .\merican in- 
fantry went o\er, the artillery executing a creeping barrage. The 26th was fair, 
hence the troojis were ])rotected by a smoke screen while descending into the 
valley. Lieutenant Turn, who had charge of the First Platoon, was killed in- 
stantly, presumably by a hand grenade, at about H:30 A. M. Sergeant Irwin then 


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"Count Off" 

took cliarge of the jjlatoon. We passed units of the 314th Infantry al)out noon 
at Haucourt and were held up in the afternoon on the Malancourt line Ijv light 
artillery tire and well placed enemy machine guns. (Jur patrols, however, did 
good work in cleaning out enemy snipers and machine gun nests, and that night 
the Third Battalion slept in the Hindenburg trench system. 

"M" Company and our First Platoon ha\-ing gone to the west of the Battalion 
sector, rejoined the Battalion the morning of the 27th, after First Sergeant DePaul 
had located them and guided them to the sector. The line advanced to the foot of 
Alontfaucon without much opposition, reaching it at noon. That evening. Major 
Lloyd took the Third Battalion around the east end of Montfaucon to trenches 
about a kilometer north of the Montfaucon-Septsarges Road. There we spent the 
night. On the morning of the 2.Sth, the 315th Infantr_v took over the front line, 
an<l we went over at about 7 A. M., the enemy opening up with well placed H. E. 
in a warm action that continued all day. Captain Friedlander and Lieutenant 
Graham were evacuated, the former l)eing shell shocked and the latter gassed. 
The line advanced to "Suicide Hill" and rushed the woods in front, only to find 
the enemy artillery and machine gun fire too hot. Taking our position on "Suicide 
Hill" we spent the night there digging in. It rained continuouslv and we were 
under enemy artillery fire all that night. 

On the morning of the 29th, Major Lloyd and Lieutenant Bullock rallied the 
thinned ranks along the crest in checker-board formation and we started with a yell 
that carried above the scream of Boche machine-gun fire. The rise in front of the Bois 
des Ogons was made with no casualties, and then the charge continued into the woods, 
where enemy machine guns got in their wicked work from the riglit flank. Major Lloyd 
took the automatics into the brush but the fire was too hot. and the BattaHon was 
forced to re-establish itself on "Suicide Hill." Lieutenants Kellberg and Dodson were 
the ijnly officers left with the Company at the time of the charge, and in the woods 
Lieutenant Kelllierg was wounded in the side. The morning was very costly to all com- 
panies, the little Frencli Renault tanks not being able to clean out the German machine 
gun nests. That night the Regiment took up position along the railroad track near 

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Xaiitillois. Oil tlie niorniiiK of tlit- MMh. at the railniail. the 3r(l Divisinii relieved us 
uiulev heavy artillerj' lire. 

The Regiment was re-organized at .Malancoiirt. where the kitcliens were assembled, 
and the Brigade Invouacked in the open. On Octoljer 1st, we marched back to P. C. 
Caniiebiere, where we cleaned up and pitched tents. Captain {■'riedlander, who had 
rejoined the Company, and Lieutenant Dodson were our only officers and Sergeants 
Irwin, Block, W'eise, Rowan and Smith and Corporals Curning. Hill, Doyle, Mcrriam. 
Watts, Brzozowski, Evans, Lynn, Patterson. Rhodes, Lloyd, Lash. McLaughlin. 
Mitchell, Schwartz and Kloth were the only non-commissioned officers left. The morn- 
ing of the .3rd, we marched back to Xorniandy Woods, where chocolate, writing paper, 
etc., was distributed by the Y. M. C. .\. and mail was received. .Kt 8 P. M. that eve- 
ning, we set out on an all night march, arriving at 4 .A. M. on the 4th at a woods near 
Senoncourt. .-Vt 10 .\. .M.. we received reserve rations and started out at 2 P. M. Five 
minutes before leaving, mess was about to be served, but it bad to be left untouched. 
We reached Recourt at dusk, and got the llrst good sleep since leaving Caniiebiere. 
.•\t 7 .A. M., on the Sth. we slung packs and marched to the old I'Vench camp, P. C. 
Pierre. There we were billeted in "Pneumonia"' woods anil there, on the Sth, Captain 
Frief'lander was evacuated on account of sickness. 

We left P. C. Pierre on the night of the lOtb. at 8 P. M., and about half an hour 
later witnessed an aerial battle, wliile resting outside of the ruined village of Domp- 
cevrin. The air was illuminated by searchlights and shrapnel bursting. Our planes 
finally succeeded in chasing off the enemy macliines, which were after the ammunition 
dump near P. C. Pierre. The march continued at a fast pace, and we arrived in P)OU- 
quemont at midnight, where we were quartered in shelled buildings. There Lieutenants 
Wentzel and Mitchell joined the Company, the former taking command. While at 
Boquemont, a little drilling was done and we were re-outfitted in clothes and equip- 
ment. We left on the afternoon of the 17th for the Troyon front, and at noon on the 
18th relieved part of a French Division, taking up a defensive position on an extremely 
high range of hills overlooking 14 villages. There was heavy shelling in this vicinity, 
but theie were few near us and many were duds. It was here that the Boche dropped 

We were relieved on the 2,^th by the 33rd Division, and we started for the rear 
in good spirits, arriving at Troyon at 4 P. .\l.. where we billeted in shacks outside of 

SiciiTixr, Drii.t, 

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German Ammunition Shelters East of Etraye Used by Company 
Billets After the Armistice 


the town. A show was staged that night, l)ut few preferred tliat to sleep, though cold 
and rats made little of the latter possihle. At 6 A. M., on the 26th, we took up the 
march again, and then it was that rumors got around to the effect that we were going 
to take over one of the hardest sectors on the right hank of the Meuse River. After 
marching all morning, we reached Camp Monthairons at 1 P. M. There we picked up 
2Q replacement men. A meal of steaks was prepared, time permitting hut a few to he 
served, however, for at 6 P. M. that evening we started out on an all night march, arriv- 
ing in a woods near Germonville on the morning of the 27th and lying there all day, 
where we received our pay. At 5 P. M., October 28th, we left for the front, reaching 
the Bois de I-"orges at 11 P. M., the same night. 

On the night of the 29th we crossed the Meuse on a plank bridge with rope rails, 
in single tile, and reached the Third Battalion P. C. in the Bcis de Consenvoye at 1 A. M., 
October 30th, 1918. 'T" Company then proceeded down into "Death Valley," taking 
up position in old enemy dugouts. During the night of the 30th, the German artillery 
sent over a heavy concentration of gas, which, when the sun came out strong on the 
morning of the 31st, vaporized. .All the ground around the dugouts was sprinkled 
with chloride of lime under the supervision of Corporal Lynn, wlio was appointed 
sergeant here, and good gas discipline saved many casualties. At this time. Corporals 
Hill, Curning, Mitchell and McLaughlin were appointed sergeants and Privates I-'ischer, 
Baxter, Krause, McFadden, Sloan, Kern and Bugler Henry were appointed corporals. 

On the first of November, the Company took up position with Company "L" in 
the Bois de Consenvoye. Then on the night of the 4th, the Company moved up to posi- 
tions in rear of its first position and stayed there over the Sth. The morning of No- 
vember 6th ushered in the opening of another advance, this time against the famous 
Borne de Cornouiller (Hill 378). Hill 378 was captured by the Second Battalion of 
the 313th Infantry and the Third Battalion of the 31Sth Infantry on the morning of 
November 7th, and, in the evening of the same day, Company "I" took and occupied 
the Clairs Chenes trenches north of Hill 378. 

The evening of the Sth found the Company on the heights south of Ecurey. On 
the morning of the 9th, the Battalion moved to tlie vicinity of Etraye, and there Major 
General Kuhn and Brigadier General Johnson looked over the troops. The following 
evening, the Company advanced to a point east of the Damvillers-.4nzannes road and 
occupied shallow trenches and shell holes along a railroad track under light enemy 
artillery fire. That night the entire Company, under Lieutenant Wentzel, went on am- 

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munition detail. During tlie drive of Xoveniber iSth, Lieutenant Dodson became sep- 
arated from the Company and was later evacuated. 

On the morning of November 11th. under cover of a heavy fog. \vc moved south. 
skirted the village of Gibercy in a flanking movement and linally dug in on the south 
western slope of Hill 328. .At 11 .\. M., hostilities ceased, as if by magic, and the 
Armistice went into full effect. That night the Company occupied an old liarn in the 
ruined village of Cjibercy, but on the f(dlowing day rejoined the remainder of the Third 
Hattaiion on the western slope of Hill .328. The Battalion moved back to Etraye on 
the afternoon of the 13th, and "I" Company was billeted in ammunition huts to the 
east of tlie village. Later the Company moved up into (ierman shacks nearer Etraye. 

While at Etraye, the first leave contingent, under Sergeant W'eise, left for .-\i.x-les- 
Bains. Eirst Sergeant DePaul received a second lieutenancy and Captain Eriedlander 
rejoined the Company, only to be relieved shortly thereafter. With the promotion of 
First Sergeant DePaul, Sergeant Smith was appointed first Sergeant, and at almost the 
same time Sergeant Block was appointed Mess Sergeant. Christmas dinner ])roved 
to be an enjoyable afifair, a vacant warehouse having been converted into a dining hall 
by the use of home-made benches and tables. Lieutenant Wentzcl spoke a few words 
at the conclusion of the dinner and inlormed us that we were soon to be moved back 
into the Souilly area. 

On tlie morning of December 26tli, tlic Third Battalion left Etraye. joined tlie re- 
mainder of the Regiment at the Wavrille-Damvillers road fork, and tlie march toward 
the Souilly area started. The inarch lasted three days in all. the Third Battalion reach- 
ing its destination, Conrouvre, shortly after noon on December 28th. "\" Conii)any 
found billets in old French Adrian barracks at the southwestern edge of the village, 
and immediately settled down for a stay whicli was destined to last three months — the 
longest period of time spent at any one place in [■"ranee. 

Shortly after the opening of the new year. Sergeant McLaughlin was apiiointed 
supply sergeant and Privates Hoffman and Capj) were made meclianics. On January 
6. 1919, Lieutenant DePaul was transferred to "C" Company, and Sergeant Rowan, 
about the same time, led the second leave contingent to La Bourbole. Later in Jan- 
uary, Sergeant Lynn escorted the third group to go on leave to V'alse-les- Bains. On 
January 18th, Captain George V. Hayes was assigned to the Company and at once 
assumed command. On the same date. Lieutenants Cortis and Forgy were assigned 
to the Company, the latter, however, being transferred to "G" Company on January 
31st. On February 1st, the officer personnel of "1" Company was increased by the 
assignment of Second Lieutenants Minor, Jalufka and Richmond. 

Captain Hayes was transferred to a prisoner of war detention cam)) in Germany 
on February 8th, and on February ISth. Captain Coleman P. Brown was assigned as 
the commanding officer of Company "I." On February 27th, the Company suffered 
a decided blow in the loss of Lieutenant Wentzel, who was promoted to the post of 
Third Battalion .Adjutant. Lieutenant Wentzel had proved his worth as a leader on the 
Meuse front, and the entire Company felt that it was losing a capable officer and a true 
friend. In the latter part of February, a vexed question was settled when an order came 
through to the effect that the 79th Division was scheduled to sail for home in June. 

On tlie night of the 5tli of March, "I" Company, with only two days preparation, 
put on one of the best shows ever produced in the Regiment. The leading characters 
of the show were Sergeant Peck, Bugler Paul and Private Brccser. A little more than 
three weeks later, on March 28th to be exact, the Company, together with the other 
units of the Regiment, once more turned its footsteps toward home. .\ march of live 
days brought us to Rimaucourt, a former American base hospital center, where we re- 
mained until .\pril 23rd. On the last named date, we entrained for the Nantes area 
and filially arrived at the pretty little village of Vertou on .'\pril 25th. The Company 
put in nearly three full weeks in this little village on the banks of the Sevre River and 
enjoyed the most pleasant days it had known in France. On May 12th, the Third Bat- 
talion moved by rail to Saint Nazaire, the port of embarkation, and. in the four days 
following, was initiated into the thousand and one inspections and examinations re- 
quired of all troops en route to the Llnited States. 

The rest of the story is soon told. On the evening of May 16th, "\" Company 
boarded the transport Sinitn I{n>i(i and the following morning said good-bye forever to 
I-a belle France. The trip across the .Atlantic lasted thirteen days in all. and on Fri- 
day morning. May 30th, Alemorial Day, the Company once more set foot on the shores 
of .America. The Sniilii A'o.vk docked at Pliiladclphia and we entrained for Camp Dix. 
Thereafter our military career moved swiftly to its close. Equi])ment was turned in, rec- 
ords were checked uj). examinations passed, and linally. on June 9, 1919, the last dis- 
charges were given r>ul and Company "1," 315tli Infantry, passed into the Great I'eyond. 

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Roster o( Company I 

September 1. 1918 

Orson J. GralKiiu 
George H. Tniiulle 
I!a.viiiond T. Turn 


AllHTt FriiMihincl.- 

Wini;ini I*.. ILmIsmh 
Ii:i N. KfllhtTK 

I,.-.,M:inl A. IK-Iaul 

.11(1 A. mofk 
a 111 W. Iru'iii 
.'ter J. Mi-Kjiiiaiul 

alter F. Hrzozowski 

illiain Cassedy 

tianil t'assels 

ari'iu-i* S. Cei-il 

•tiv^f V. Ciiininings 

tlnir .1. Cuming 

in.'s Dnyle 

s.'i'li A. iHv.ver 

UuhtTt Auilerson 
James G. Coon 
.lolin Melntyre 
Nils A. Pearson 

Itiissell Aueh 
iiswald S. Harnett 
.Michael Ilarito 
John A. P>ari-on 
Sanuifl S. I'artholoniew 
Waiter S. Baxter 

1. laiil M. Bernard 

.luhu W. Heriier 
.I'lliii M. iteviin 
iia.vnioTui Bolte 
Chaiir.'.v Bradley 
Norman Breeser 
John J. Brt'iinan 
Joseph Bruchhausen 
Charles Brunner 
Kdward H. Burguess 
Thomas It. Bnrns 
Anilreas Cacoulides 
John Carndl 
\'ertal AV. Calon 
I'ietro Ct-rone 
(tsrar J. Clark 
Garrett A. Collins 
Jrdin J. Connors 
Thomas K. Corbldge 
David Crawford 
Ginsepjie Croee 
I{ol>ert Cronibie 
Kdward Curry 
Ilerniaii Bahlgren 
Edward S. I>eemer 
Mi.h.dt' I>*Aulerio 
IIuuli DtilTy 
Patrick Duffy 
Ilarrv K. Dwyer 
Emil J. Erhle 
Marvin G. Enfrlisti 
Henry K. Kriekson 
Gsear J. Erifkson 
Charifs I,. Farrell 
lN»ter FasiiUo 
Giovanni FerraioH 
Michatd Ferriek 
John Fischer 
James J. Fitzpatrick 
Joseph Flannagan 

Charles Anderson 
Secondo Bonglilio 
(*leniuel Bower 
Bert A. Boyd 
Irvinff Brown 
William Bryson 
Edwar.I Capp 
Antniiio Cologcri 

Edward A. Hirst 


Harry J. McGeoghegaii Ahivsius 

Henry A. Miller Elmer J. 

Charles II. Peck Samuel J 




. Tn»tta 

Benjamin A. Evans 
James H. Farrells 
Fretierie Gilleii 
August J. Heusser 
Frank J. Hill 
Charles Kloth 
Thomas Landenher 


Kdward I.ash 
Edward I,. Movd 
Howard Lynn 
John T. McLaughlin 
Hamilton H. MeClecr 
I'raiik Merriam 
George V. .AHtchell 


John U. Kitcht-nman 
Charles \V. Stewart 
Steven M. Violete 
Wallace Ziarko 


Salvatore Checchia Vineenzo Leonardo 


Theodore II. Leeher 
John Lehr 
Morris Leon 
Morris Lesky 
Frank Liesta 
James B. Loftus 
Howard Losse 
Nicola Ludovieh 
liiilip E. Liipia 
Michael Lynch 
Joseph Marra 
F'ranceseo MarzilJano 
Edward Mayfoiiz 
Anthony MazzarfUa 
Nicholas H. MooraiUan 
William .Mori 
Peter H. .McBride 
Jo-iciOi O. McDowell 
John J. MeFadden 
Fran<is J, McGahan 
Walter C. Mailer 
Herman Madson 
Andrew W. Mavcr 
Morris .Mcc.a 
Stephen Michalski 
Raymond A. Miller 
Ray W. Miller 
Adam Morhard 
John G. Mnldoon 
William F. Mullen 
Harry .Munk 
Harry Mimzer 
.Vrtlnir Nayhir 
Harry F, Ogden 
Herbert F. Oelis 
Carmine Pallande 
Giuseppe Peloso 
Joseph A. Pfeifer 
Theodore II. Pfiind 
Thomas Pietrasko 
(Jeorge L. PUies 
Frank Prine 
Thomas H. Roese 
James J. Reid 
Charles Bobbins 
John J. Robbins 

John v\. Fleck 
Arthur E. Fletcher 
Thounis J. Foley 
Albert Forte 
Harry Fotinopulons 
James Frcm-h 
Charles Geisler 
Virginio Gemiari 
George Giainnuo 
Morris Glovitz 
August Gra<iiIona 
Harold J. Graft" 
Frank R. Grammieh 
Charles Grvilin 
John F. Gnmbman 
Edwani J. Hackelt 
William C. Hall 
Julian Harris 
Andrew F. Ilarzinski 
Jacob Hann 
Thomas .V. Heynes 
Joseph Hinkle 
Charles J. Hock 
AVilliam Hofmanii 
Peter J. Ilolden 
Frank Horozy 
Ernest L. Hotehkiss 
George Hiiber 
William M. Hunter 
Carmine Imperiale 
Robert J. .lohnson 
Herbert Jumper 
Leo L. Kane 
Guy E. Kanfmann 
John n. Keefe 
Rnssell Kern 
Charlie R. Kiser 
Adam Knecuni 
Frank Kossnkoski 
Henry F. Krause 
William F. Knnz 
Frank Kwasneski 
Frederic Lange 
James J. Lawlor 
Julius P. Layer 
John Lel>itske 

Joined as Replacements — October 26, 1918 


Charles Correll Evan S. Evans 

Albert Corrock John S. Finnegan 

John Dardis John G. FriedlamI 

Arthur Davis George Gastenweld 

Walter Domhoflf Charles A. Majure 

Cyrus R. I>uki*.s William Maueli 

Henry C. East Joseph Mikalaiczak 

Rubin Norwitz 

Clarence Weise 
Herbert H. Williams 
Theron M. Woolson 

Thomas F. Petterson 
Gordon M, Rhodes 
James W. Rogers 
Joseph F. Si-breck 
Harrv P. Schwartz 
Walter Snyd.-r 
Lniiis Trai»p 
Matthew Watts 

Joseph L. Ilenrv 

Edwani Paul 

I'red Robinson 
Frederic Rosenhlath 
George F, Ross 
Leo E. Ryan 
Matthew D. Ryan 
Lnriano Salcnii 
Jaeob Sains 
Harry Sandrow 
I'altato Sant4)nio 
IL-rman P. Savior 
Herman W. SeldeitVr 
Harry C. S<-hmaiik 
Frederic Sehmitt 
Carl C. Sehmohl 
Carl F. Sehni'i'wots 
Walter I). Sherwood 
Charles C. Schiion 
Sylve P. Siravft 
James Sloan 
Josejdi W. Shmgli 
Walter S. Stahowskl 
W'alter Sianiszewski 
Leo N. Staskel 
William H. Stevenson 
James Stockman 
Fred W, Stone 
Samuel D. Strain 
Francis H. Stuerm 
James C. Suloff 
Alfonso Tedisehi 
Jann'S J. 'I'ighe 
Pasipiale Tonieo 
Charles J. Tourtual 
Henry It. Tranor 
George Trieneiis 
Rudolph Trinkwald 
Edward R. *J'roiit 
James A. I'lrich 
Nunzio \'aiana 
Frederic W. Wagner 
James W*hite 
William T. White 
Fred A. Witsch 
Joseph J. Witseh 
Daniel W-Mids 

Anron Miselson 
Clarence Peterson 
Thomas Redden 
liUeien A. Snep 
Lanrits C Sorenson 
Lynn J. Ward 
John A. West 

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(Jn September 22, 1917, the local boards of l'hiladel])hia sent their first 
quota of men to Camp Meade, Maryland. Immediately upon their arrival, "the 
flower of the land" were assigned to newly organized companies. Company "K," 
315th Infantry, was officered by Captain George P. Scholes, commanding; First 
Lieutenant Charles Arbuthnot, 3rd; and Second Lieutenants David M. \\'al!ace, 
Milton B. Goodyear, Stanley A. Welsh and Charles F. Baer. 

The officers began to enforce discipline at once and to teach the fundamentals 
u])on which "this man's Army" is based. The men became accustomed to the 
new life and things moved rapidly. An order from Division Headquarters 
conveyed the glad tidings that a certain percentage of the men would be granted 
week-end passes. On Saturday mornings, our ))Iunder would actually shine for 
inspection, as the boys wanted nothing to hinder their chances for "a pass to 
Philly." The month of November found our forces increased by the arrival at 
camp of Philadelphia's second quota. The routine moved even more smoothly 
than the month before, as the first men helped to break in the newer rookies. 
Twenty-five per cent, of this grand military aggregation were permitted to eat 
their Thanksgiving dinner with the folks at home. 

Early in December, the weeding-out process began and many men were 
transferred to Camp Greene, North Carolina. The boys were reluctant at being 
transferred, as strong friendships had already developed, and conditions and life 
in general were such as to leave most of us contented. The stormy weather 
made it necessary for instruction to be carried on indoors. Sergeant Hawke 
was very capable in teaching the Manual of Small Arms firing, battles were 
fought on the sand table in a very interesting and positive manner by Corporal 
Seese ; and, as transfers had reduced the Company strength to less than one 
hundred, the men were enabled to spend considerable time at each class. A 
brigade hike of ten miles was staged and everybody finished strong. 

The Christmas holidays were drawing near, and much gloom was caused 
by the announcement that no passes would be granted. The ban on passes was 
lifted, however, and fifty per cent, of the men were granted three-day vacations. 
Those who remained in camp over Christmas were treated to a regular Bellevue- 
Stratford dinner which surpassed anything previously attempted by the truck 
drivers, hardware clerks and pickle salesmen who drew cook's pay. The Camp 
took on a true Christmas spirit when many mothers, wives and sweethearts 
arrived, and there was dancing and singing in the recreation room along with 

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ihe many good things to eat, brought from liomc by the fair sex. Those who 
did not get home for Christmas were permitted to spend New Year's celeljrating 
along Broad street. 

In January, First Sergeant Kilroy and Sergeants Weihnian, (Ireenwood, 
Nicliterlein and Fundinger were sent to the Officers Training .School at Camp 
Meade. In February, P'irst Lieutenants William M. Carroll, Jr., and Walter M. 
Collins joined the company. Winter was beginning to break and outdoor drilling 
was resumed. With the appearance of sjjring weatlier, late in March, baseball and 
other sports were started. The Company had a star array of ball tossers who 
made a very creditable showing. Sergeants Kilroy, Cireenwood and O'Toole, who 
had played with strong professional teams, being the main-stays of the team. 

The Regiment left camp on a hike, .\pril 4th. with P>altimore as its destination. 
Lea\ ing at S :40 .\. M., we reached Baltimore llighlands at 1 :15 P. M., a distance 
of thirteen miles, where camp was [litched. I'he march was resumed at 7:00 .\. M. 
on the 5th, and the ten miles to Patterson Park, ISaltimore, was completed by 
noon. The ne.xt day, April 6, 1918, was the tirst anniversary of America's entry 
into the war. Accordingly, the Regiment paraded through the streets of Baltimore 
and was reviewed by President Woodrow Wilson and Major (ieneral Joseph E. 
Kuhn. After the parade only the guard was left in c;im]). and all hands proceeded 
to celebrate in a manner not soon forgotten. 

< )n .\pril 7th, we broke camp and started hiking at 6:.^0 .\. M. The return 
trip was made in one haul, the arri\al at Camp Meade being staged at 2:00 P. M. 
The boys finished like veteran camjjaigners, not one man from "K" Coiupany 
falling out. We hiked to the rifle range in Camp Meade on April 15 and returned 
April 19th. We fired on the 100, 200 and 300 yard ranges with excellent results. 
The most rapid thing about our rapid firing was the rapid way in which we were 
rapjied through it : speed, and then some. 

Company "K's" exponents in the manly art of fisticuffs were making e\cry- 
bodv sit up and take notice. The paikled glo\e stars were Kilroy, ' )"roole, "T'iggie" 
Aloran and Dan Mullen. These boys cleaned things up in general, not once 
receiving a set-back. In May, Sergeants Hawke and ^Ioore were sent to the 
fourth Officers Training School in camp. 

Alemorial Day brought forth all the crack athletes in a big field meet. Of 
course ComjianN- "K" carried oti: first honors and proved its athletic superiority 
to the most ske])tical. i\bout the middle of June, during a i)rolonged spell of 
rain, we again hiked to the rifle range. Notwithstanding the adverse conditions, 
the shooting for the four days was far above the average. Just before starting 
back to camp, word was recei\ed that a large quota of luen from Camp Cjjton had 
come into the 79th Division. Company "K" was to get fifty-seven of these men, 
so Lieutenant Welsh and Sergeant Symington were sent on ahead to meet the 
new-comers at the detraining point. The men arrived about 1 :00 .\. ^L, June 14th, 
and immediately marched to the barracks, where Mess Sergeant Jenkins greeted 
them with a good su|)])er. The next afternoon the Company returned from the 
range, and the recruits were given the "up and down" by the old-timers, who 
seemed very glad to see them, even though they did come from New York. 

The Division w-as now making great i)reparations for shipment overseas and 
there was a new rumor afloat every few minutes stating exactly when, where and 
how it was going. Su])ply Sergeant Steinberg was as busy as a one-handed paper- 
hanger with the hives: he was confronted with the superhuman task of su])|)lying 
e\ervbody with e\erything. He worked day and night and frequently aroused all 
hands at about 1 :0d .\. M. to issue toothbrushes, razors or bacon cans. From 
June 28 to July 7th there were bunk and field inspections at least twice a day. 

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A Saturday Morning Inspection 


On Sunday. July 7th, the final house cleaning was completed. .\t 4:00 F. M., the 
Piattalion formed and marclied to the station amid the cheers and tears of the thousands 
there to bid us God-speed. We entrained rapidly and soon the aromas of Hoboken 
were wafting towards us. (Hoboken is a part of New Jersey, about ninety miles from 
Pliiladelphia. ) Arriving there at 5:00 A. M., July 8th, we were hustled aboard ferry- 
l)oats for a little upstream manoeuvre to the large transport. Aboard the ferry-boat 
the boys mobbed a profiteer who charged French prices for chocolate, cigarettes, etc. 
At the piers we were met by many cliarming members of the American Red Cross who 
smilingly gave each man cofifee and rolls. The boys appreciated this act of kindness 
very much, as it was all the breakfast they had had. Very soon we were in our quar- 
ters on tlie U. S. S. Aiiirrica, each man having received a life preserver and a copy of 
the Naval I. D. R. All ammunition, flashlights and matches were turned in as it was a 
court-martial offense to strike a light on deck after dark when the ship was out at sea. 
The ship was quite crowded, and there was some confusion until we became accus- 
tomed to our new surroundings. 

The weather was ideal throughout the voyage and the ocean so calm as to cause 
little or no seasickness. Several times daily we responded to the "Abandon Ship Call," 
until we could march quickly and in orderly fashion to assigned stations. Close to 
midnight on .Sunday, July 14, 1918, our ship struck a British tanker amidships, and it 
sank in a few minutes. Sotne thought we liad been hit by a torpedo and Inickled the life 
preserver a notch tighter; but there wasn't the slightest sign of a panic and each man 
stood quietly at his bunk waiting for commands. The balance of the voyage was com- 
pleted without mishap. 

Land was sighted at 2:00 P. M., Thursday, July 18, 1918, and the ship shook from 
the roar sent up by the human cargo. The Anirrica anchored in the harbor at Brest 
at 5:00 P. M., and immediately after supper, troops began to go ashore. The Third 
Battalion piled on a little scow which ran back and forth from the dock. At 7:00 P. 
M., Company "K" got ashore without having a man pushed overboard, a circumstance 
which was due more to good luck than to good management by that scow outfit. 

A drizzling rain was falling as the Company started to hike four miles to a REST 
camp. It was after dark when it reached the camp; and, instead of being housed in 
barracks, the Battalion was shown a very muddy field and invited to pitch tents. The 
steady drizzle, the mud, the food — well, most of us swore off all wars for life. With 
the aid of manj' details, such as water carrying, wood chopping, etc., the boys were 
soon RKSTED and on Monday, July 22nd, the Company marched with the Battalion 
back to the big railroad yard in Brest to entrain for the 10th Training Area. 

The train was made up of compartment coaches, and a squad was supposed to fit 
in each compartment. (.\t that they're more comfortable, as we later found out, than 
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squad received three days' "iron rations'"; and unless the Corporal ruled witli an iri>n 
hand the squad was mighty hungry on the last day. 

The town of Vaux was reached at 11:30 A. M.. July 25th, and everybody was 
cramped and sore after the long ride in the crowded coaches. The railroad system 
was wonderful — an Erie freight could have made the journey in half the time. We 
hastily gathered our plunder and. re-arranging our packs, started for Chalanccy via 
the old reliable ankle route, not knowing the burg was ten miles away. The day was 
hot and stuffy, tlie packs heavy and tliat road did nothing hut run up and down numer- 
ous hills. .-Mong about four o'clock, the Hattalion was resting at the foot of a hill, the 
men w-ere tired and sore, and many were close to being "all in." .Major l.loyd called 
for Private "Dan" Doherty. and wlien the witty Irishman reported, the Major instructed 
him to go to the top of tlie hill and see if there were many more hills beyond. "Dan" 
saluted and went off on liis mission. He returned, a troubled expression on his face, 
and reported, "Sor, this is th' last hill: tli' next wan is a Mountin." 

The Battalion reached Chalancey about 5:00 P. M. Lieutenant Labine. who had 
joined the Company shortly before we left Camp Meade, spoke French very fluently, 
and he, of course, was delegated to billet the men. We lost no time in filling our bed- 
sacks with straw and all hands crawled in soon after supper. In the morning, everybody 
was stiff and sore, luit a session of close order drill eased the joints somewhat. 

Tlie following week, the Company received a training schedule that resemble<l an 
I. D. R. for thoroughness — one of those five minutes of extended order, seven minutes 
"Why is a grenade." eight minutes "Goiman in the rear of yuh." programs. It was hard 
work and plenty of it from 5:00 A. M. to 4:00 P. M. daily. In our spare time we in- 
dulged in a new form of physical exercise in Cow Alley know'u as "Eddy — the shovel." 
.About every other day there w'as a battalion or regimental manoeuvre which usually 
lasted long enough to prevent our return until after 4:00 P. M. 

Preparations for a Divisional manoeuvre at Champlitte made it necessar\' for us to 
roll out at 4:30 .A. M. on September 1st: we started hiking an hour later with full packs 
and expectations of being on a four days' party. The distance to Champlitte was thirty- 
five miles, but by 3:00 P. M. the first day we had covered twenty-one miles when camp 
was pitched. In the morning we broke camp at 6:30. and, for some reason unknown 
to us, we started liack to Chalancey. The manoeuvre had been cancelled for a thou- 
sand different reasons if one listened to the rumors flying up and down the column. The 
return hike was a tougli grind, but the hardest plugging of all was that bloomin' forty- 
five degree hill leading into Clialancey. However, the Company finished strong, with 
a melodious "Hail, Hail. The Gang's .All Here." 

On .Sunday. September 8tli. the much-looked-for order to move arrived and we im- 
mediately got busy cleaning up the town and billets. Squad rolls were made, we kissed 
good-bye to our barrack bags, and finally rolled our packs. We left at 8:00 P. M., and 
the villa.gers. who had become attached to us. shed many tears as we marched away 
singing. "It's a Long Way to Berlin, but We'll Get There." We hiked to Vaux in a 
heavy rain with our slickers fastened to our packs. We reached there about 12:30 .\. M. 
and flopped on the muddy road until Captain Scholes found some barns for us to rest in. 
We entrained early the ne.xt morning for Revigny. which was reached at 9:00 P. M. 
The rain kept us in the cars until we were forced to leave them at 12:30 .\. M.. when 
we marched a short distance and bivouacked for the night, after receiving hot coffee 
and cold "Willie" from the kitchen. For breakfast we had more "Willie" and coffee 
and then learned we were going to hike to Haironville. twenty-seven kibuncters away. 
The remarks that followed made General Sherman's statement appear very tame — the 
map showed tliat our train had passed very close to Haironville the day before. The 
march was the most trying thing we had so far encountered; we were wet to the skin 
and the packs were soaked; it seemed to rain harder the farther we went. It was a 
tired, hungry, wet and worn out bunch that trudged into Haironville at 5:30 that eve- 
ning, and were crowded into billets on the bill back of the town. 

On September 12. 1918. at 6:00 P. M.. we moved from Haironville and marched 
a short distance to the Bar-le-Duc road where we met a large fleet of motor trucks. 
We rode nearly all night and at day-lireak. after leaving tlie trucks, we marched to 
Brocourt Woods. We rested all day and in the evenin.g started for a camp in the 
Foret de Hesse, just north of Dombasle. .\fter wading through mud inches deep, we 
were quartered in our first dug-outs. 

We could hear the rumble of the big guns sounding like distant tliunder. We were 
speculating as to when we would get a view of "no-man's land." when one evening we 
marched (piietly and quickly to the first line trenches on battle scarred Hill 304. The 
sector at this time was extremely quiet, the only excitement afforded being the rats 
and the many false gas alarms — the rats were the lesser of the two evils. We were 
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to clisappoiiitnient. We were to be relieved tlie tliird night. Septemlier 2()tli. luit for 
some reason the relief was not accomplished. However, we were relieved early on the 
morning of the 22nd; but, as the coming of the dawn was close at hand, we had to step 
lively in order to reach the reserve positions unobserved. The Company was scattered 
about in dug-outs for two days and then went forward to a position from which we 
were to begin our advance in the biggest drive of the war. 

September 26th, shortly after midnight, the artillery began to prepare the way for 
us. Tlie h'rench 75's were hub to hub and strongly supported by every range of gun 
up to the monstrous sixteen inch Naval boys. The earth seemed to tremble from 
the roar of this terrific and effective barrage. At 8:15 A. M., the Company advanced 
through a Iieavj' smoke screen toward Haucourt, following the 314tli Infantry Regi- 
ment. After passing Malancourt, very stiff resistance was met in the form of machine 
.gun nests and minenwerfers. This resistance was finally overcome and the advance 
resumed. .A part of the Third and Fourth Platoons, commanded I)y I^ieutenant Becker 
and Sergeant Greenwood did excellent work, in conjunction with Company "L," in 
capturing eleven prisoners, one machine gun. and one minenwerfer cannon. We reached 
the main line of German trenches about 6:0<) P. M. and remained in them over night. 
Lieutenant Arbuthnot was gassed and went to the rear. The advance was resumed at 
7:00 A. M. on the 27th, but we had practically nothing to do this day but follow the 
314th Infantry. .An occasional H. E. shell was all that marred the manoeuvre. We 
halted about 10:,10 P. M. northeast of Montfaucon, where the 31Sth Infantry relieved 
the 314th Infantry of their assaulting task. 

.About 7:00 -A. M., Septemlier 28th, the advance was resumed with "L" company, 
315th Infantry leading, and "K" company in support. The hills and fields that lay 
between us and Xantillois were very heavily shelled, and it was with e.xtreme difficulty 
that we succeeded in entering the town. Captain Scholes was gassed and shell-sliocked 
soon after the advance began. While in the town, we were informed that with the 
First Battalion, 315th Infantry, on our left, and aided by several French tanks, the ad- 
vance would continvie north of Nantillois. Heavy machine gun fire from the vicinity 
of Madeleine Farm seriously delayed our progress, however we finally penetrated the 
Bois des O.gons, where stiff resistance was encountered. 

Hie enemy artillery and machine gun fire from the Bois des Ogons was so heavy 
that a general withdrawal was ordered to the reverse slope of Hill 274, where we dug 
in for the night. The Company was re-organized on the morning of the 29th, when 
another attempt was made to capture Madeleine Farm. The resistance met was again 
very stiff: "Jerry" seemed reluctant to give up his position there and fought like "h — " 
to save it. -At about 5:00 P. M., the intensity and effectiveness of his artillery fire caused 
a change of position to the shelter of the road, southwest of Hill 274. It was on this 
afternoon that twenty Boche planes were over our sector at one time, and their observa- 
tions v.'ere, no doubt, accountable in a large measure for the accuracy of the artillery 
fire. Shortly after midnight, we were moved to a railroad cut in Nantillois and later 

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occupied tienches nearby. We were relieved by the 3rd Division at 2:01) P. M. on Sep- 
tenilier 30tli. Our total casualties for the dri\c were ten killed, thirty-eight severely 
wounded, twenty-seven slightly wounded. Three of the men severely wounded died 
in the hospital of their wounds. 

We were marched back to a i)oint north of Malancourt where Lieutenant .Vrbuth- 
not met us and took command of the Company. The next day. (K-tober 1st, we re- 
turned to our old trench system, wdiere we tasted real food and liad our hrst night's 
sleep in more than a week. On October .Vd. we hiked back to the I'Oret de Hesse. 
where we received a big bundle of mail, candy and smokes. That night, at 9:00 1'. .\1., 
we started a hike which tested the nerve of all. Our destination was Souilly woods, 
about thirty-two kilos away. We reached there at 4:(K) .\. .M.. completely all in. That 
same afternoon. October 4th. we started for Recourt. a distance of si.\teen kilos, arriv- 
ing tliere about 7:30 P. M. The next morning at 7:30 we again hit the turnpike, no one 
seeming to know our destination. .At 12:30 a halt for half an hour was called at 
Courouvre. The bunch were going along on pure grit alone, for a great many of them 
were sick boys. We linally reached the sliell-torn town of Donipcevrin at 5:30 P. M., 
where we crawled into any place at all and called it home. The next few days were 
spent in checking up and trying to snap liack into some semblance of a ligliting iniit. .\ 
great many answered sick call daily and before any one realized how sick he was. 
Private Einaar Hanssen took the long trip "West." We I)uried him with modest cere- 
mcjny in the village churchyard. 

On October Kith, we left Donipcevrin for the village of Bo(|uemont, ten kilos 
away. The billeting conditions there were excellent and the Battalion was together 
once more. On the 11th. the Company was again re-organized with Lieutenant Car- 
roll in command. .\ new officer was assigned to the company. Lieutenant John T. 
Owens, of Chateau Thierry fame, who iniickly won the respect and admiration of all 
with his pleasing personality and knowledge of the game. 

On October 17th. word was received to move somewhere, and inside of forty-five 
minutes we were doing that little thing. Our destination this time was a sector in the 
Thilldt Woods. We readied there late in tlie evening but did not relieve the h'rencli 
initil daybreak. The position was an ideal one and we thoroughly enjoj-ed it. On Oc- 
tober 25th we were relieved and started to hike back towards Troyon at 7:00 .\. M. 
Troyon was reached about noon, and the Battalion was billeted in shacks just outside 
the town. In the evening, a Y. M. C. -A., entertainment boosted our spirits still further. 
The march was resumed next morning, and wdiile en route our forces were increased 
by the addition of thirty replacements. We reached our billets in the Woods of Les 
Monthainms at I :(X) P. M.; but, just wdien we were about settled, we had to move on 
again. The march lasted all night, and, coming as it did directly on top of the hike just 
finished, it took all the stamina we had to kee]) going. To make matters worse, we 
missed connections with the billeting details that were sent on aliead and were forced 
to bivouack in the woods near hromereville. \\ hile here we received our pay for Sep- 


CoMP.\NY "K ' Gkotrp With Company Kitchen in the Background 


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l-'ox Holes and Shelters of Companies "K" and "M" in the Bois de Consenvoye 

tember. On the night of October 28th, we hiked to the Bois de Forges, arriving with- 
ont mishap at 11:30 P. M. 

Next day Hun airmen dropped circulars containing peace propaganda. We also 
witnessed some thrilling air battles — one directly over us — the airmen fighting at a 
height not exceeding 400 feet. At 5:00 P. M.. Octolier 29th. we set out for a sure enough 
sector in the valley east of the Meuse. We passed through a great deal of gas on the 
way. but suffered no casualties. The Third Battalion was in reserve, while the First 
and Second Battalions were holding the advanced positions. The whole area was 
heavily shelled at least twenty-four hours every day. 

Ration carrying details were sent out daily, which is not the safest job in the world 
when "stabilizing the sector." On November 4th. the Battalion was moved slightly for- 
Vi'ard to a position east of the Brabant-Molleville Farm Road. .\t 3:00 A. M., Novem- 
ber 5th. Company "K" received orders to accompany the Third Battalion of the 316th 
Infantry, commanded by Major W. S. Manning, in an advance starting at 7:00 A. M. 
We hastily moved into our position and at 6:00 A. M. sent out three patrols to estab- 
lish connections with the 316th whom we were to follow in support. The patrols could 
not locate the organization, but nevertheless we moved forward at the appointed hour. 
After advancing about 500 yards, we came upon Company "L." of the 316th, commanded 
by Lieutenant Erickson. While passing through a ravine. Major ^Manning apjjeared 
and stated that the other companies of the Third Battalion, 316th Infantry, could not 
be located. The advance was continued with "L" company, 316th, on the right and 
"K" company, 315th, on the left front line. As we went forward several prisoners were 
captured. When the military crest of Hill 378 was reached, we were heavily fired upon 
from an enemy trench on the crest of the hill not more than twenty-five yards away. 

The fighting that followed was of the most desperate and bloody character. We 
made repeated efiforts to gain the trench, but the machine gun and rille fire were mur- 
derous. The losses all along the line were severe, the ground being literally covered 
with (lead and wounded. Many of the boys had crawled within ten yards of the trench, 
but most of these were killed or wounded in their attempts to reach the position. Major 
Manning was instantly killed by machine gun fire ri.ght in the thick of the fighting, 
whereupon Captain Carroll assumed command of the attacking troops. On our extreme 
left, the enemy was observed hastily forming for a counter-attack. This was quickly 
"busted up," our fire apparently inflicting heavy losses. Boche "Potato Mashers" 
were seriously interfering with our plans to command the position. The left of our 
line, which bore the brunt of the fighting, was now without an officer or sergeant. Lieu- 
tenant Owens, Sergeant Greenwood and Sergeant Symington being killed by machine 
gun fire at practically the same time. Realizing that it was impossible to hold the 
position with so few men, we withdrew about 150 yards, and the ground was quickly 
organized with every man watching keenly for the expected counter-attack. A check 
then showed us to have a total of fifty-two men on the line. The balance of that day 
and night were spent in maintaining a close vigil on the crest ahead of us. The re- 

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mains of what had been an attacking force were then ciimniandcil liy Captain Strong, 
316th Infantry, wlio had come up in the afternoon. 

A lieavy fog hung about for several hours in the morning and once more we were 
anticipating an attack from the enemy; Init. as on the preceding day, nothing hap- 
pened. In the afternoon the enem\' became aware of troops coming through the val- 
ley and ijuickly sent over a lieavy barrage lasting more than two hours. We leceived 
our share of this little attention, but by some miracle suffered only a few casualties. At 
nightfall the barrage lifted, and the Second Battalion of the 313th Infantry relieved 
us. \Vc withdrew at 6:30 V. M. to a point 500 yards south of Molleville Farm. Our 
casualties on Mill 378 were twenty-live killed, twenty-si.x wounded, one missing and 
three prisoners. 

Tlie Company was then attached to our F'irst Battalion, commanded by Major Ward 
W. Pierson. During one of the many false alarms the Battalion received. Sergeant 
Weihnian was wounded in the leg by a stray machine gun bullet. The Company now 
had one officer, one sergeant and forty-eight men. The Company advanced with the 
First Battalion at 3:00 P. M., Xovembcr 8tli. through a valley running eastward towards 
Etraye, our objective. By nightfall we had covered the four kilos to the outskirts of 
Etraye without liring a shot. We dug in alongside the road and strongly outposted 
the position. The advance was resumed early the ne.\t morning, "B" and "C" Com- 
panies in the fiont line. "K" Company in support. We advanced directly east toward 
Cote d' Orne, which loomed U|> ahead nf us like a liglnhnuse in a fog. Crossing the 
Damvillers-Wavrille Road, we entered the swampy ground that lay between us and the 
base of the hill. We had not gone far when heavy machine gun fire from the hill was 
directed upon us. Some Dutclunan on top of that hill got to monkeying with a box of 
F'ourth of July fireworks and lit up the sky witli a few green rockets: and, as usual, in 
a very few seconds his friends dropped all manner of G. I. cans round about us. Major 
Pierson was killed by the shell-fire and Captain Miller assumed command of the Bat- 
talion. The men took wdiat cover the}' could lind and we remained in this position 
until 4:30 P. M., when we were scheduled to advance uj) the hill following a rolling 
barrage. Unfortunately our artillery had the wrong range, shells landing in our front 
lines. This disorganized the Battalion somewhat, but Company "K" intrenched for the 
night behind a line of trees 100 yards in the rear of our former jiosition. .A check 
showed that we had thirty-four men in the Company. 

During a heavy fog the next morning, the Company moved forward aliout 200 yards 
to the bank at the foot of the hill. Patrols were sent out to locate the other com- 
panies, but were unsuccessful. The Second Battalion then moved up to the same line 
with Major F'leming in command: and "K" company was tacked onto the .Second Bat- 
talion. We remained at the foot of the hill until the morning of the llth. when all 
troops were withdrawn to a railroad cut 400 yards in tlie rear of the lines. There we 
rejoined the Third Battalion, after having been separated from it for a week. The 
Regiment, the First Battaliim leadin.g. again started an attack on the hill from the 
southwest, the Third Battalion being in reserve, .\fter getting into position, we dug 
in for protection from artillery tire. .\ few minutes before 11:00 .A. M., news of the 
armistice reached us. It seemed incredible, I)ut when the shelling ceased at exactly 
eleven o'clock, we were convinced. 

We were informed we were to remain on the liillside for several davs and at once 
began to make ourselves comfortable. We remained on the hill until November 13th, 
when we moved into Etraye. several kilos behind the lines. There we made ourselves 
hai)py by believing persistent rumors of "Home by Christmas." The inevitable drill 
schedule was again jiroduced and manoeuvering became a jjopular jiastime. Com])any 
"K" was fortunate (?) enough to be privileged to search exclusively the surrounding 
country in quest of war souvenirs. This salvaging duty lasted a week: but it might 
have been worse. Many held and bunk inspections, practice hikes and the like kei)t 
us busy through December. On Christmas Day we held a joint celebration with Com- 
pany "I.." using the liattered village churcli for a dining-room. Much "dried fruit" was 
consumed and relished b}- all. the Comnany funds having effectively strijjped Bar-Ie-Duc 
of all its eatable and drinkable provisions. 

On Decenil)er 26th. the Battalion left b'traye for Thierville. arriving there at 6:00 
P. M.. after a thirty kilo jaunt. We were billeted overnight in a French barracks out- 
side the town. Next dav's march fcnmd us in .Souilly. where we stayed over night in 
hospital buildings. On Decendier 2<Sth, after hiking in a driving rain, we attained our 
objective, Courouvre. at 1:30 P. M.. where we were billeted in a fair degree of comfort 
sans style. The first few minutes of the new year found us almost human, quite sober, 
dead broke and more than willing to believe any favorable rumor. 

In January many of our wounded comrades returned from various hospitals. I.ieu- 
tenant Baer returned from the .Army Corps School in time to attend the lirst week's 

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Third Battamon "Casino" at Courouvre 

course at the Divisional Center of Instruction. Each week thereafter our quota of new- 
students were sent to the school to ahsorb some new military tactics. 

The drill schedule, as usual, called for many manoeuvres. Some of these "Terrain 
Exercises" seemed to be endless, oftimes the objective not being reached until late 
afternoon. The severity of the weather at this time, coupled with the muddy going, en- 
tailed many discomforts and Iiardships ui)iin all concerned. However, on several after- 
noons each week we were permittecl to indulge in soccer, football, baseball and other 
games. Many details were kept busy cliopping and fetching bre-wood and. in the eve- 
nings, while clustered around red-hot stoves, we gloriously refought our battles many, 
many times. 

About this time Lieutenant Pratt came into our midst, and, owing to liis affability 
and his knowledge and understanding of liuman nature, we soon unanimously learned 
to love and respect him. 

The first of March one of the Iioys was stricken with a conta,gious disease, necessi- 
tating his evacuation, and the Company was placed under quarantine. To ascertain 
whether any others were affected, we marched to Chaumont-sur-Aire, a distance of 
eleven kilos, to have throat cultures taken. Like a famous character in history "who 
marched right up the hill and marched right down again." we marched to Chauniont 
an<l right back again: but on a second attempt, made the following day. we succeeded 
in liearding the "all high chief pill-roller" in his lair and the examination took place. 
Some of the cultures later developed germs, necessitating the evacuation of six of tlie 
boys to the hospital at Commercy for observation. Xothing serious resulted from these 
cases, however; but unfortunately Private Pabor Livingston, who was tirst afflicted 
with the disease, passed into the Great Beyond. 

About this time. Lieutenant Bingman, who had joined us in January, returned 
from a session at the Army Corps School. On March 17th we were reminded of our 
rookie days by once again Ijeing subjected to the "needle" — this time getting the com- 
bined three doses in one. 

Word of the cracker-jack show put on by the boys of the Third Battalion having 
reached Colonel Knowles, he decided to witness a performance. A show was pre- 
sented at the new "Y Casino" on Sunday afternoon, March 23rd. Immediately after the 
show, Colonel Knowles made a short address praising the work of the troupe, and in 
conclusion he gladdened our hearts with the news that within ten days we would "hit 
the trail" for a spot nearer tlie coast and home. 

On the morning of jNlarcli 2Sth, we bid farewell to the village of Courouvre. The 
distance to be covered was approximately 100 kilos, and we were scheduled to complete 
the hike on the fifth day. A detail preceded the Battalion and arran.ged for the billeting 
of the troops in towns along the route. We started easily, covering about 22 kilos in the 
first t\yo days, but, from then on, the distance covered each day was increased. Weather 
conditions the first three davs were extremely unfavorable, as we encountered snow 
and rain in abundance. While '"Old Sol" was out in full glory the last two davs. the 
roads were in very poor condition. Despite this we reached our destination, Rimau- 

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court, at 5:(KI P. M. on the I'lltli day. As usual. "K" Company linislicd witli spirits higli 
and a song on its lips. The boys were unanimous in their praise of the systematic 
manner in v.liich the hike was conducted. 

Our three weeks' stay in Rimauconrt was one of the most pleasant epochs of our 
life in France. After having roughed it all these months in the A. E. !•"., the modern 
conveniences of our new home seemed almost too good to be true. Too much can- 
not be said in commendation of the courtesies extended us by the Red Cross. K. of C. 
and Y. M. C. A. 

Here we were joined by another fine oflFicer. First Lieutenant Charles S. Gilbert, 
who put Wausau, Wisconsin, on the map. He soon had "the boys" with him. Our time 
was mainly occupied in equipping, toning and polishing up for the impending inspec- 
tion by General J. J. Pershing. The big event took i)lace on Saturday. -April 12th. and, 
in accordance with the time lionored traditions of the 79tli, we were favored with the 
customary deluge by old Jupiter Pluvius. Despite the discomforts of the weather con- 
ditions and the 26 kilo jaunt, we felt amply rewarded when the Commander-in-Chief 
expressed his pleasure and appreciation of the appearance and conduct of the outfit. 
Our pride in the Comi)any was further increased by the presentation, on this occasion, 
of D. S. C.'s to Captain Carroll and Sergeants Kilroy and Olanson. 

The following week, the 315th Infantry paraded on the Aviation I'ield near Chau- 
mont. on which occasion we were reviewed by members of the stafif of Secretary 
Daniels, that gentleman being unable to review us in person. It was on this day that 
the fondest dreams of the doughboy were realized, as we were hauled to and from the 
field in motor trucks. 

We entrained at 3:(X) A. M., .April 23rd, after receiving a farewell barrage of hot 
chocolate and cakes from the "Y," and at 5:00 A. M. we were headed westward with 
the Nantes area as our destination. This trip was a decided improvement over our 
former experiences in "side-door pullnian" travel, as our chariots bore the initials U. 
S. A. and as our kitchens accompanied us serving hot meals en route. The sudden- 
ness of the movement evidently cau.ght "Old Jupiter" unawares, for we enjoyed perfect 

\\'e arrived at our destination early PViday morning, detraining at 6:00 .A. M.. and 
after a short hike reached fiur new billets in the town of Vertou. Here the work of 
preparing for the homeward trip was be.gun in earnest. The day of the much awaited 
"show down inspection." wliich was to determine the length of our stay in France, 
came and went, leaving us happy in the knowledge that we had successfully passed 
the inspection by the much dreaded S. O. S. and were adjudged fit to go home. The only 
dark cloud on this otherwise bright day was the departure of Lieutenants Pratt and 
Vaughn for the Army of Occupation, for, during the period of their service with Com- 
pany "K," both of these officers had made themselves immensely popular, alike with 
their fellow officers and the men. At this time we were joined by two other fine offi- 
cers. Lieutenants Knajip and Dean. 

On May 12th. we boarded the "rattler" for the last time in France, detrained at St. 
Xazaire that same evening and marched to Camp No. 2. The following day we re- 
ceived a physical examination in five counts and moved to Camp No. 1. Tliere we 
were thoroughly and rapidly deloused. chemically scrubbed, hermetically sealed and 
laid away in the Isolation Camp for future reference. 

.-Xt 8:30 P. I\I. on May I6th. after an afternoon of breathless suspense, we joyously 
shouldered our packs and light-heartedly stepped out on our last hike on F'rench soil. 
Owing to the limited officers' quarters aboard the L^. S. S. .*«»?(; Ro-iii. the ship which 
was to carry us back to God's Country, we were reluctantly compelled to leave Lieu- 
tenants Gilbert. Knapp and Dean behind. We had no sooner set foot aboard ship tlian 
we learned that we had been selected as the company to keep law and order during 
the entire voyage. This "small" detail kept the entire Company busy, especially so at 
"chow" time. .At 5:00 A. M. the following day, we were on our way; and within forty- 
eight hours the good ship had justified its nickname of the "Santa Roller" and mal-de- 
mer had claimed us for its own. As we desire to adhere strictly to the principles of the 
family newspaper, we find it impossible to describe ade(|uately our impressions of the 
mess and tlie drinking w-ater. Comparisons are odious — but Oh! how our hearts 
yearned for the chicken fricasee and ice cream served in the "Gobs" mess on Sunday! 
However, what matter these trifles? — We were homeward b<nmd. 

The progress of our good ship was somewhat impeded by rough weather, but the 
monotony of the was decidedly lessened by the efforts of the 315th Rand and 
the good work of our talented entertainers. Daily reports from the Navigator, showing 
the nunilier of miles decreasing between us and the good old U. S. -A., sent our spirits 
soaring. The fever pitch was reached when land was sighted on May 29th; but why 
attempt to describe our emotions. The greatest adventure of our lives was ended — 
Wr: ir/;/,'/.' IIOVi:. "llev I'.uddv! Where're yuh goin' ne,\' Sunday?" 


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-IE olOTH Infant TRY 

Roster of Company K 


September 1, 1918 


Geor-re V. S^-holes 




Arbnthnot, :ird Ernest V. 



M. Carndl. Jr. I.ouis V. I 



M. Collins 




.luscph K. Kilrny 

William L. Jenkins 

Morris F. Slciida-ru' 

lifurKf (J. llcwlcy 

flarry I,. Greenwood Maxw4dl MoMieliaet 

Louis A. Seese 

JdMi'pIl Cliniiske.v 

ChristoplH-r W. Kelly Joseph D. (I'i'oole 

Louis C. Synilns:ton 

James M. Garrisli 

Francis A. MrCloskey John M. Ross 

Clitrurd T. Weibman 

John Ayr.'. Jr. 

Fred Hnenerfanth Harry Marshall 

Francis M. Smith 

Carl M. Chiiisi'i! 

Joseph R. Ilnrsh Harold I.. Martin 

\\ illiam 11. Staals 

I asqualc D'Amato 

I.ouis Knndsen I.uuis Millij.'an 

Harry W. Storck 

riirismiiliHi- Davis 

Walter H. Lindsey John O'Donm-ll 

Theoilore Svveridnk 

John Hohkis 

Lorenzo Lobaei-aro Arthur W. Olanson 

Matthew Sydlowski 

Eraiui-i K. Duffy 

AngusD's V. Lord. Jr. (Jsrar M. Olik.-r 

Charles E. Taylor 

William J. Higgins 

Donald X. MaeKubbin Ajidrew C. Slia-ren 

William J. Vondraii 




Conslaiii l-'rt'drich William M. Clapp 

Fred Gemsenjncer 

Tln'imis L. l-attou Kiilicrt J. Mt-Kt-nmi 

Matliew Pcrhack 

Fi-aiik Sinclair 

Nathan INdla.-k 

l.niiis K. Ticdem 

in Nathan Salvia 


IJi'orgr KatifMi 

Harry M. FeinsiuKer Rudolph Hofz 

William A. Nichols 

lU'rnanl J. Casey 

Meyer Fi-Idscher .iohn launantnoni 

John Nowak 

Jaiiii's A. Clark 

John Frisch John A. K.-Ily 

Fred A. Oeksenreider 

Thiunas F. ClyneS 

Steiihen G. Fritz Wil.iani Klais, Jr. 

Joseiih C. Rice 

Frank V. Cnwen 

Charh's E. Hcilher *"ar.-nre T. Kuykendall Ches'ter C. Srhnvlcr 

Eu^r^-n*' I>. IJoeley 

Emil C. Hirs.b Palrick H. Mi-Geever 

Jacob Snych'r 

Uussi-ll Kieli! 

William F. H«n-n Raymond li. Mnhler 

Frank Tum:is7, 

Jaioh Als.ifn.m 

Carlo Fanesi \\ i'liam G. Kin;: 

Robf.rt R. Morris 

(Ji.ivanni Aii^'dillo 

Alfred E. Fina Henry T. Klein 

Antonio Moseufo 

Iternar.l Asp.-ll 

Edmund Fiizmauriee Harry H. koidlner 

William Ni<-hols 

Thomas W. Astbury 

Harry Fliller Fre«bTick F. Kuhn 

Horace J. D'Dnnnell 

Wacla w I'.alrcmwski 

William I'. Flynn Kre.Ieri<-k 1'. Kuhn 

John A. O'Neill 

Harry J. KiTnsteiu 

IMward V. FosburKh Frank K. I.awh-ss 

Joseph a. Oivaney 

William Sr liiniie 

Mahlon T. Faust George A. Leeleh 

John I'atnllo 

lii'iro Misoone 

^.a.idd Freeman iiarr.. h. Lennu.N: 

Harry G. I'falT 

llii».'h Klair 

?am Fuhrman James 1'. Leonard 

Joseph I'ietrzak 

t;i'or;r«' I). JMauey 

J (sepb Gabriel Paul Lerke 

John J. Qnimi 

<;('or;;»' W. UU-asdale 

Raymond A. GallajrhiT R.-njamin F. Lesseij; 

Joserdi Radzewicz 

Marion (.;. Blizzard 

R R. Gillis I'ahor LiviuRston 

Thomas W. Rauscheiiberger 

Janifs W. Iloatwrislit 

Manrire F. Ginj; Fraid; Lomonarco 

John IL Rice 

Wilhur Drt'il 

Antonio Giac<uido Salvalore Lo I'rete 

Raymond A. Roberts 

ClilTonl S. lUK-kk-y 

Clnirles A. Glaubreeht Antonio I.osasso 

Rronislaw Rocliowicz 

\'ladsla\v lludkus 

Gi-oriL:t' <;(Uian' Harry H. Losee 

Ernest R. Rons<lorf 

Jnsi'ph 11. r.iittorwnrth 
Jost'ph Carlo 

Edwin (;oodman Ldward 1'. Lynch 
David Gonld John L. Lynch 

Fred Ruframi 
I'mile Rnsso 

Frank I'larkson 

Fred J. Gramscy Harrv J. Lvnd 

Domeuick San^ermano 

William Clothier 

William T. Grc:,'ory Edwanl A. McAlecr 

John Sartory 

John Connolly 

William Grilliths Wali.-r McArthnr 

Albert F. Schlnmi) 

William J. Cunroy 

Jiihn Gnarino William .McFarlane 

John V. Scndero 

Charles J. Coylf 

Czeslaw Gulkowski James McGinnis 

Eupene H. Shaw 

Joseph A. Coyle 

Ale.vander IlalRas John I*. McHuKh 

John Sink 

Charles T. Crossland 

Alexander Hamilton William McLehose 

James J. Smith 

Frank Czarnec-ki 

Einar S. Hrnissou James J. McMenamin 

John M. Stet;er 

Edward A. Delanev 

E<iward Harkins William A. Nb-Nally 

Edwin M. Stillinan 

Russoll T. Delker 

Dousrlass Hellor Patrick McNnlty 

Frank J. Tetkowwki 

Stanley THamond 

George E. Hile Ma\ Machnikowski 

Nicholas M. Tipht? 

Itjiniel Iiolierty 

John R. Hinkle Walter Ma.-kicwicz 

Joseph Tweedale 

John A. Dorety 

Touis Hirt Sianloy I. Marchant 

Nick riiano 

Henry J. I>ouf;herty 

George Hockaday John J. Mari-sca 

Frjincis I'rbanis 

Frank S. Dowiins 

John P. Iloldcn John M. Mariner 

William V . \'orhees 

Daniel A. Dnsan 

Rcn.iamin W. Hr.lub Joscjih Marim. 

Harry Wallace 

Enpeiie F. Dii^an 

Herman A. HnllinRS Joseph Marino 

Eugene G. Walklns 

James J. Dntran 

Frank Hyties Romer P.. Markle 

Harry C. Wilkins 

Joseph r. DiiRaa 

William P. Kennedy Giovanni Marra 

Samuel D. Worthinston. Jr. 

William 11. Dnke 

William J Kerr Angelo C. Melc 

Henry D. Vnuii^'ciuist 

U'nary ])yhalski 

Jidin Kicslinn Lawrence Melisi 

Peter Zack 

William F, 

Joined as Replacetnents— October 26, 1918 

Edward C. Hoover 

Edward McCallen Louis Phalau 

Bernard Sedlemeyer 

John H. Horn 

Roy E. MeCrorey En;;enio Pretii 

Theodore Simons 

Garnett L. Howard 

James R. McNeill Richard J. Pn.kett 

Clarence T. South 

Clyde Jacobs 

William Mann William Richards 

Jeremiah Sullivan 

Charles XI. Keeno 

Robert E. Meyer Henry T. Rhodes 

Henrv W. Switzer 

James L, Kinney 

Andrew Otto Anthony Schasny 

Joe Waters 

I'erey A. I.aekner 

Joseph Overland Anthony Samkowitz 

Emil Yerks 


Albert C. Leap 

George Zinidikos 

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Septeni1)er 17. 1917 — Company "L", 315th Infantry, was organizeil with the follow- 
ing officers: Captain Ward W. Pierson, First Lieutenant George L. Wright and Second 
Lieutenants Theodore Rosen, George S. Freeman and Floyd S. Strosnider. 

Septem1>er 22. 1917 — Local Boards Nos. 7, 11 and 21. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 
furnished Company "L" with its first recruits, a total of 21 men. 

September 23. 1917 — The Company received 63 additional recruits from Philadel- 
phia, Pennsylvania. 

Septemher 3(1, 1917 — The Company received 81 recruits from the 25th Training 
Piattalion, the majority of these coming from Local Board No. 26, of Philadelphia, 

October 17, 1917 — Seventy-two members of the Company were transferred to the 
S2nd Division at Camp Gordon, Georgia. 

November 4, 1917 — The Company received another contingent of recruits from 
Local Boards Nos. 26 and 51, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, bringing the total strength 
U]) to 214 men. 

November 28, 1917 — Twenty-five per cent, of the members of the Company were 
,yiven passes over Thanksgiving Day. 

December 1, 1917 — Captain Edmund J. Maclvor and Second Lieutenant Edward 
L. Roach were attached to the Company. 

December 5, 1917 — The members of Company "L" gave an entertainment and smoker. 
Colonel Rosenbanm and Lieutenant Colonel Morton were present, together with a 
numlier of the other officers of the Regiment. The entertainment was furnished by 
entertainers from the 315th Infantry and a colored jazz band, which proved to he the 
feature of the evening. 

December 22, 1917 — Fifty per cent, of the mcml)ers of the Company were given 
five-day passes over Christmas. 

January 12, 1918 — An entertainment, dance and lianquet were given by Company 
"L" in R-26, all the officers and men being present with their wives and sweethearts. 
Mrs. Charles F. Stretch, wife of Sergeant Stretch, acted as chaperone. 

January 15, 1918 — First Sergeant Smith and Sergeants Geiger, Steinmeyer, Simend- 
inger and Dougherty were sent to tlie third Officers' Training School at Camp Meade, 

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February 5. 1918 — Thirty-six men were transfcrreil to Camp Greene, Xorth Carulina. 

l''el)riiary 7. 191iS — Second I.ienteTiant William 15. Dodson was attached to tlie 

February 10, 1918 — First Lieutenant John T. i'drd. Jr.. was assigned to the Company. 

March 3, 1918 — Company "L" started its baseball season with Corporal Harry Sci- 
bold, formerly of the Philadelphia .-\thletics, as manager and captain. 

March 16, 191S — .\ 1ian<|uet and .St. Patrick's l)av dance were given liv tlic Cimipany 
in R-26. 

March 20, 1918 — Comjiany "1," had its first experience w-itli "pup" tents, when the 
Regiment hiked three miles and pitched tents near the railroad below Odenton, 

March 21, 1918 — Second Lieutenant Rosen ])romoted to hirst Lieutenant. 

March 30, 1918 — Company "L" was selected as the l)est drilled company in the 
79th Division and sent to participate in tlie Third Lilierty Loan Campaign in an exhi- 
bition at the Pimlico race track, Paltimore, Maryland. 

April 4-7, 1918 — ^Company "I." participated in the march of the 79th Division to 
Baltimore, .April 4th-5th, the review of tlie Division by President Woodrow Wilson 
on .April 6th and the return to Camp Meade on .April 7th. The Company made the 
entire trip without the loss of a man. 

.April 8, 1918 — Company "L" won the baseball championship of tlie 315th Infantry 
by defeating Company "P.", which had tied with it for first place. 

April 15-19, 1918 — Tlie Comi>any marched to the riHe range on .April 15tli and 
camped there until April lyth. 

.April 20, 1918 — Captain Mac Ivor was detached from tlie Com]>any and transferred 
to Boston, Massachusetts. 

.April 21, 1918 — Company "L" defeated tlie champion company bascliall team of the 
312th Macliine Gun Battalion by the score of 4-1. 

.\pril 23, 1918 — The Company played Company "V". 316th Infantry, for the base- 
liall championship of the 158th Brigade, Company "L ' winning liy tlie score of 2-1 
after fourteen innings. 

May 1. 1918 — Company "L" defeated the champion company baseliall team of the 
314th Infantry, thereby winning its way into the championship game for the Division 
title. On the same date the Company received 100 recruits from the state of Ohio. 
After three weeks training these men were all transferred to Camp Lee, Virginia. 

.May 4. 1918 — Company "L" played Battery "F". 311th I'"ield .Artillery, for the base- 
ball championshi]) of the 79th Division and lost its first game of the season by the 
score of 4-11. 

May 6. 1918 — Second Lieutenant Dodson was detached from Company and as- 
signed to "I" Company. 

May 8. 1918 — Second Lieutenant Roach was detached from Company and transferred 
to the University of Pittsburgh. 

May 10, 1918 — Comjiany "L" played the championship baseball team of the 154th 
Depot Brigade and was defeated 7-3. During the season the Company w-on 19 games 
and lost 2. Corjioral Seibold, Sergeant Barnitz, Sergeant Simendinger and Corporal 
AIcMimagle were the stars on the Company team and were also members of the Regi- 
mental team. 

May 15. 1918 — First .Sergeant liailey, Su|)ply .Sergeant .\brams and Sergeant Weir 
w-ere sent to the fourth Officers' Training School at Camp .Meade. On June 5th, 
Sergeant Weir returned to the Company, in order that he might accompany it overseas. 

May 22, 1918 — Company "L" was selected to represent the 315th Infantry in the 
War Chest Parade in Philadelphia, Pennsvlvania. The Company entrained at Odenton 
at 9:00 .A. M. and reached Phila<leliiliia at 1:00 P. M., where it'was met by Mr. E. T. 
Stotesbury. the well known financier of Pliiladelpliia. The members of the Company 
were entertained at luncheon in the Blue Room of the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel by 




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Mr. Stotesbury. Following the luncheon, the Company marched to the City Hall, where 
Captain Ward W. Pierson made a speech. The members of tlie Company were then 
loaded into trucks and conveyed to Broad Street and Girard .\venue. the starting point 
of the parade. The Company, in conjunction with a company of marines and a com- 
pany of sailors, paraded down Broad Street to South Street, where the parade disbanded. 
The members of the Company entrained at Pliiladelphia at 5;15 P. M. and arrived at 
Camp Meade at 8:30 P. M. the same evening. 

May 27. 1918 — The Company received 120 recruits from Local Boards Nos. 4. 10 and 
50. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

May ^0. 1918 — Company "L" took part in an athletic meet arran.ged liy the 315th 
Infantry and scored the second liighest number of points in the Regiment. The rifle 
team won the contest on the sub-target range and the semaj^hore and wig-wag teams 
finished first in their events. 

June 1, 1918 — Lieutenant F.rnest V. Becker was attached to the Company. 

June 12. 1918 — The Ci>nii)any marched to the target range and spent four days in 
lireaking in the rookies to the use of the "Model '17." 

June 14, 1918 — The Company received 35 men from Camp Upton. Xew York, to 
help liring it up to full war strength. 

June 26. 1918 — The Company received 26 recruits from tlie 311th Fiel<l Artillery. 

June 27. 1918 — Captain Pierson left for overseas witli the advance scliool detach- 
ment of the Regiment, command of the Company passing to First Lieutenant George 
L, Wright. 

July 4, 1918 — The Company baseball team was presented with two banners, one for 
the Regimental championship and one for the 158th Brigade championship. The rifle 
team received a silver loving cup, emlilematic of the chamiii'inship of the Regiment on 
the sub-calibre range. 

July 7, 1918 — Company "L" left Camp Meade with 5 officers and 2^9 men bound 
for Hoboken, New Jersey. 

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July 8. 1918 — The Company boarded the United States transport Aiiiciicii, wliicii 
set sail for I'Vance on July 9. 1918. at 6:05 P. M. While on the Aiiiirirn the Company 
occupied the compartment G-3, in conjunction with men of "G" Company and the 
Machine Gun Company. 

July 14. 1918 — M 11:50 F. M. the Aiiicricti rammed and sank the British tanker 
IikIixIiiicIii. Eleven of the crew of forty-two were rescued. 

July 18, 1918 — The Aiiirricu drojjped anchor in the harhor of Brest. .At 7 P. M. 
that evening, the Company was lightered ashore with the other companies of the Third 
Battalion and proceeded to a rest camp in the vicinity of Pontanezen Barracks. 

July 22, 1918 — Company "L" entrained at Brest for the 10th Training .\rea. 
After a ride of three davs the Company arrived at Vaux and detrained at 11:.TO A. M., 
July 25, 1918. 

July 25, 1918 — The Company arrrived at Chalancey and made its initial acquaint- 
ance with French "billets." 

-August 20, 1918 — Lieutenant Becker was transferred to "K" Company. .115th In- 

August 21, 1918 — Captain Pierson rejoined the Company. 

August 25, 1918 — Captain Pierson was transferred to lleadciuarters Company. .315tli 
Infantry, and Captain Francis A. .\wl. the former commander of Headquarters Com- 
pany, was assigned to Company "L." 

September 1, 1918 — The Regiment started on what was scheduled to be a three-day 
hike to Champlitte. Plans were changed en route, however, and the entire Regiment 
returned to its billets the following day. Lieutenant Freeman was transferred from 
the Company to take charge of tlie Third Battalion Intelligence Section. 

September 8. 1918 — Company "L" with the other companies of the Third Battalion 
left Chalancey at 8:00 P. M. and marched to Vaux, where it entrained for Revigny at 
8:00 .A. M. the following morning. 

September 9, 1918— The Third Battalion reached Revigny at 9:00 P. M., where it 
detrained, lay all night in a wet. muddy held and started out the following morning 
in a driving rain for Haironville, a 27-kilonieter hike. 

September 10. 1918 — The Company finally reached its billets in Haironville, all 
in but still game. 

September 12, 1918 — The Company boarded a I-'rencb camion train at 6:00 P. M.,rode 
all ni.ght and was linally deposited near Brocourt Woods at daylight the following 

September 1.3. 1918 — The Third Battalion left Brocourt Woods at 6:00 P. M. and 
marched through the village of Dombasle to reserve dug-outs in the Foret de Hesse. 

September 16, 1918 — First Sergeant Simendinger was sent to the .\rniy Candidates' 
School, Sergeant Weir being appointed first sergeant in his place. 

September 19. 1918 — Company "L" relieved Com])any "H" on the main line of re- 
sistance in Sector 304. The Comi)any held positions near the head of Death Valley 
and its kitchen was located in dug-outs on the eastern slope of Hill .304. Montfaucon, 
the German stronghold, was plainly visible on the northern horizon. 

September 26, 1918 — The Company went "over the top" at 5:30 .\. M. as one of 
the attacking units in the great Meuse-Argonne offensive of the American .-\rmy. 

The Company advanced from Cannebiere trencli toward Ilaucourt. its first objec- 
tive, at 6:15 A. M. The order of advance in the Third Battalion was "1." "K," "L" and 
"M." The three battalions of the 314th Infantry i>receded the Third Battalion. 315th 
Infantry, in its sector of advance. In passing through the valley immediately south 
of Haucourt, the Company jjassed tlirough a heavy smoke screen. In the thick mist 
of this screen, it lost connection with the other three comi)anies of the Battalion, hut 
reached a point just southwest of Malancourt at 9:,30 .V. M. From this p<iint it was 
ordered to push on in advance of the remaining companies of the Battalion. This 
advance was carried out. .\fter passing Malancourt. very stiff resistance in the shajjc 


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TllK I'lKEPLATE 1 .\ l\-_'l> 

of enemy machine gun nests and minenwerfers was encountered. This resistance was 
finally overcome. .-X part of our Third Platoon, assisted by troops of Company 
"K," 31Sth Infantry, captured eleven prisoners, one machine gun and one minen- 
werfer cannon. During tlie advance of the afternoon, Lieutenant Floyd S. Strosnider, 
leader of the Tliird Platoon, was killed by a machine gun bullet northwest of Malan- 
court. The Comjjany finally advanced to the Hindenburg trench, where it lialted for 
the night. 

September 27, 1918 — At 6:45 .'\. M. the Company again took up the advance. It 
advanced immediately behind the 314th Infantry, and in the course of the morning 
mopped up numerous machine gun nests and snipers left behind after the advance of 
the .314th. About noon the Company again gained connection with the Third 
Battalion, from which it had become separated on the afternoon of the 26th. 
The advance for the day terminated about 10:30 P. M. at a point some 1000 meters 
north of the Montfaucon-Septsarges road and immediately in the center of the Bat- 
talion sector of advance. .About 3 A. M. the Battalion was forced to change position to a 
trench about 400 meters nortli of the Mcmtfaucon-Septsarges Road by reason of heavy 
enemy shell fire. 

September 28, 1918 — .-\liout 7 .A. M., Company "L" was ordered to advance on 
Nantillois as the leading company of the Battalion. In tlie face of heavy macliine gun, 
sniping and artillery fire, the Company finally broke into the village about 11 A. M. 
During this advance it suffered heavy casualties. After the taking of Nantillois the 
advance was continued to a point some 200 meters north of the town. During this 
advance connection was lost with Companies "I" and "K," but retained with Company 
"M." At the point just named Company "L" gained connection with the First Bat- 
talion, 315th Infantry. With the First Battalion, 315th Infantry, on its left and Com- 
pany "M" in support, the Company continued its advance to Hill 274, about 600 meters 
north of Nantillois, where a halt was made because of the stifif enemy machine gun 

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fire encountered. Aliout 4 P. ^[. tanks were brought up to re-enforce the line, llehiml 
tlie tanks the advance was again taken up against the woods just south of .Madeleine 
Farm. When the Company reached tlie woods, it was halted by heavy machine gun lire. 
Owing to tlie heavy enemy artillery and machine gun tire encountered around the 
Madeleine h'arm and the Hois des Ogons, the Comjiany was forced to fall back to Hill 
274 (Suicide Hill), where, in connection with the remainder of the Regiment, it was 
ordered to entrench on the reverse slope. During the advance of the day. Lieutenant 
Ford was wounded in the attack on Xantillois. 

September 29. 1918 — Owing to the heavy casualties, the strength of the Company 
was reduced to two platoons. In the early morning it was re-organized, togetlier with 
the other companies of the Third Hattalion, on the reverse slope of "Suicide Hill." At 
7:15 A. M. the Third Battalion, with the other two battalions of the Regiment, ad- 
vanced against the Bois des Ogons. The advance was again assisted by tanks. As on 
the iireceding aiternoon, the violent machine gun and artillery fire of the enemy halted 
the advance. .\t 5 P. M., a violent artillery bombardment forced the witlidrawal of all 
troops from "Suicide Hill" to the shelter of Xantillois-Cunel road west of the hill. On 
this day the enemj' shelled the Regimental first aid station and also the field hospital, 
killing many of the wounded soldiers. In the advance against the Bois des Ogons, 
Ca|)tain .\wl was wounded, and his evacuation left the Company with only one officer 
— Lieutenant Wright. 

September .30. 1918 — At .3:00 A. M. the Comjiany moved from tlie mad just men- 
tioned to a railroad cut just southwest of Xantillois. It remained there without casual- 
ties until 2:(K) P. .\1.. at which time it was relieved by troops of the 3rd Division. 

During this drive the Company lost 21 men killed, 75 wounded, 1 reported missing, 
and 2 captured. 

The Regiment was assembled near Malancourt on the afternoon of the 30th, and 
there the Regiment spent the night on an open hillside north of the village. 

October 1, 1918 — After having spent si.\teen days on the lines and in the offensive 
and still suffering from the lack of food and rest, the Company marched to P. C. Can- 
naliiere early mi the nioriiing of October 1st. 

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The Village ok LE!^ Pakoches With the Meise Kivek in the ijACKGKouND 

October 3. 1918 — Company "L," witli the uther companies of the Third Battalion, 
assembled in Normandy Woods and at 9;(MI P. AI. started on a heartrending march 
to the Troyon sector. 

October 4, 1918 — The Company arrived at tlie Foret de Sonilly. near Senoncourt, 
at 4:00 A. M. Second Lieutenant Louis U. Labine was assigned to the Company. .At 
2:45 P. M. tlie entire Regiment marched to Recourt. arriving at 7:30 P. M. There the 
Company bivouacked in an open held. 

October S, 1918 — The Company arrived at Les Paroches, near St. Mihiel. at 6:00 
P. M., having covered more ground than any other unit in the Regiment. 

C)ctober 9, 1918 — Sergeant David R. Sperling was sent to the Army Candidates' 

Octo1)er 10, 1918 — The Company moved to Pjoquemont. where tlie Third I'attalion 
was assembled. 

October 11. 1918 — Company "L" moved to Woimliey, wliere it sliared tiie village 
with the Machine Gun Company. 

October 12, 1918 — Lieutenant Ernest V. Becker was assigned to tlie Company. 

October 17, 1918 — The Third Battalion marched to the Troyon front and took over 
part of the sector held by the 2nd Prench Cavalry Division. The relief was made at 
7:00 A. M., October 18th. The Company held the support line on the blufifs above the 
village of St. Maurice and was billeted in the Bois de Thillot during the day. 

October 23, 1918 — First Lieutenant Wri.ght, acting Company Commander, was pro- 
moted to the rank of captain. 

October 25, 1918 — The Third Battalion was relieved by troops of the 33rd Division 
at 7:00 A. M. The Company was billeted that night in shacks on the outskirts of Troyon. 

October 26, 1918 — Company "L," with the other companies of the Third Battalion, 
arrived at Camp Monthairons at 1:00 P. M. There the Company received 48 men as 
replacements. At 6:00 P. M., the Company once more got under way and at 7:00 A. M. 
the following morning arrived at a patch of woods northwest of Fromereville. There 
the Company rested for two days. On the night of October 26th-27th, Lieutenant 
Becker was evacuated to the hospital, suffering from the effects of gas received in the 
Montfaucon drive. 

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October 28, 19IS — The Company set out at 5:00 P. M. ami niarclied to tlic Bois de 
Forges, arriving there at 11:30 P. M. 

October 29. 1918 — Leaving the Hois <le I-'orgcs at 5:t)0 P. M., the Company crossed 
to the east bank of the Meuse and proceeded to the Hois de Consenvoye. where, with 
the other companies of the Tliir<l Battalion, it took over the reserve position in the 
sector formerly held by troops of the 29th Division. Company "l," occupied the re- 
serve position for a week and during that time the Bois de Consenvoye was under the 
most violent enemy artillery tire. The shelling with high explosives and gas caused 
many casualties in the Company and Battalion. .Ammunition ami ration details were 
supplied daily by the Company to carry supidies to the front line battalions. These 
details were compelled to carry the supplies lor more than a mile, the route running 
over the shell-swept Etraye- Brabant road, thence through Death Valley past Molleville 
Farm and on up into the lines. During this period, the Comijauy also buried, as a sani- 
tary precaution, a nunilier of the 26th Division's horses which had been killed by enemy 
shell lire. 

Xovember 4, 1918 — Lieutenant Rosen, while on a reconnoitering mission for Regi- 
mental Headquarters, was wounded and captured by the (jermans. .At 8:00 P. M. the 
Comjjany moved up to the support position S(K) meters south of Alolleville Farm. Just 
prior to the move. Sergeant .-\dolph J. Kunze was sent to the .Army Candidates' School. 

Xovember 6. 1918 — .At 7 .A. M., the Third Battalion, under cover of a heavy fog, 
moved through the Bois Plat Chene in support of the Second Battalion, 31,3th Infantry, 
the two battalions having been formed into a provisional regiment for the attack on Hill 
378. While moving up to the support position, the Company was subjected to extremely 
heavy enemy machine gun fire from Hill 378 and the Bois de la Grande Montague. 

Xovember 7. 1918 — .At 8:00 A. M., with "L" Company on the right, "M" Com))auy 
on the left and "I" Company in support, the Third Battalion advanced behind a rolling 
barrage. During this advance, the Company was caught between two fires, the German 
barrage and the .American barrage, which was falling short. The Companj- held fast 
to its ground, however, and advanced when the American barrage lifted. .As the ad- 
vance continued, small outpost groups were droppe<l off by the Company along the 
western edge of the Bois de la Grande Montague to protect the right flank of the Bat- 
talion. This dropping oflf of outpost groups continued until the Company held an out- 
post line over a mile long, running from the crest of Hill 378 to the Clairs Chenes 
trenches northeast of Sillon Fontaine Farm. .About 7:00 P. M., a German patrol, con- 
sisting of a sub-lieutenant and a private, was captured by one of the Company outposts. 

November 8, 1918 — .At 11 A. M.. the Company was relieved on the outpost line and 
rejoined the Battalion, which then drove due east. At nightfall, the Company had ad- 
vanced three kilometers, and a position for the night was taken on the heights south 
of Ecurey. 

Xovember 9, 1918 — During the day the Company sidestepped four kilometers to 
the south and took up position on the ridge southwest of Etraye. 

Xovember 10, 1918 — .At 6:00 P. M., the Company advanced to a series of German 
ammunition shelters along the Damvillers-W'avrille road and there spent the night as 
part of the Regimental reserve. The ni.ght was marked by light activity on the part 
of the enemy artillery. 

Xovember II, 1918 — .At daybreak. Company "L" and the other companies of the 
Third Battalion moved south through the ruined town of Gibercy and took up position 
on the southwestern slope of Hill 328 as the Regimental reserve in the attack against 
Cote d'Orne and Cote de Morimont. .At 10:50 .A. M., a runner in reckless haste brought 
the news of the armistice, and the glad tidings spread like wildfire through the Com- 
pany, every member of which experienced that inner feeling of sober rejoicing and 
thankfulness known only to those who had played their part in the World War 
on the front line. At 7:00 P. M. on the evening of the 11th, a series of cossack posts 
was established by the Company west of Cote d'Orne, these posts being kept iu front 
of the Boche until noon on Xovember 12th. During the operations east of the .Meuse, 
"I." Company lost 1 man killed, 27 wounded and 1 captured. 

Xovember 13. 1918 — The Company moved to Etraye and was billeted in the shell- 
torn ruins of that village. 

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Men of Company "L" on OuT^'|^^ L'lw Xk.m; (.,ii:i kcv. November I'J, -Ji'L-^ 


Novenilier IS, 1918 — Secoiiil Lieutenant George TI. Ricliiiiond was assigned to the 

Xoveniher 17. 1918 — The Company participated in the memorial services held for 
the members of tlie Regiment who had died on the field of battle. 

November 21. 1918 — Second Lieutenant John H. Child was assigned to the Company. 

November 28, 1918 — Company "L" marched to Damvillers for the Regimental 
Thanksgiving Day celebration and victory i)arade. 

Deceml)er 1. 1918 — Lieutenant Richmond and ten members of the Company were 
detailed on special duty as the Military Police Detachment of the 158th Brigade. 

December 25, 1918 — Christmas was celebrated with an elaborate Company dinner. 
Major Lloyd was present with Captain Wright and Lieutenant Freeman. 

December 26, 1918 — Company "L," as part of the Third Battalion, moved out at 
8:15 A. M. and marched to Thierville, where the niglit was spent in the Jardin de h'on- 
taine military barracks. 

December 27, 1918 — Tlie Company marched to Souilly and was billeted for the night 
in the Triage Hospital buildings. 

December 28, 1918 — The Company reached the village of Courouvre, its home in 
the Souilly area, at 2:00 P. M., and there settled down for a three months' stay. 

January 10, 1919 — First Lieutenant George C. Walker was assigned to the Company. 

January 25, 1919 — Captain George L. Wright was transferred to Regimental Head- 
quarters as Regimental Operations Officer and was succeeded by Captain Bertram 
GitTels, who was assigned to the Company on the same date. 

F'ebruary 26, 1919 — h'irst Lieutenant George S. Freeman was re-assigned to the 

March 10, 1919 — Second Lieutenant Louis LI. Laljine was transferred to the 30th 

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March 28, 1919 — The Company started on a live-day hike toward the rear, anil 
evening found it hilleted in the village of Erize-la-Bridee. 

March 29, 1919 — The Company marched to Culey. 

March 30, 1919 — The Company marched to Villers le Sec. 

March .31. 1919 — The Company marched to X'oncourt. 

April 1, 1919 — The Company arrived at Rimaucourt and was billeted in barracks 
which had formerlj' been used as American hospital buildings. 

April 12, 1919 — The 79th Division was assembled northeast of Orquevaux and there 
reviewed by General John J. Pershing, commander-in-chief of the American Expedi- 
tionary Forces. 

April 14. 1919 — Company "L," with the other companies of the 31Sth Infantry, was 
transported by motor truck to the .-Vviation Field near Chaumont. where a Regimental 
parade was staged for Secretary of tlie Xavy Daniels. Secretary Daniels was unable 
to be present and the Regiment was reviewed by Lieutenant General Hunter Liggett. 
The Company was returned by motor truck to Rimaucourt after the review. 

April 23, 1919 — -The Company entrained at 2:30 .-\. M. ami left Rimaucourt at 5;00 
.\. M. for the Nantes Area. 

April 25, 1919 — The Company arrived at Vertou at 6;00 A. M. and was billeted in 
that village. 

May .5, 1919- -Second Lieutenant Harry H. I'flugfelder was attaclied to Company "L." 

May 6. 1919 — First Lieutenant George C. Walker and Second Lieutenants John 11. 
Child and George H. Richmond were transferred from the Company. 

May 12. 1919 — Entraining at 10:00 A. M. at Vertou. the Company reached St. 
Nazaire the same evening and marched to Camp No. 2. 

May 13, 1919 — .-Xfter passing the army physical examination, tlie inend)ers of the 
Companj' marclied to Camp No. 1, where they were thoroughly and efficiently deloused. 
Following this operation, the Company was marched to the Isolation Camp and there 
held in readiness for sailing. 

May 15, 1919 — The Company marched from the Isolation Camp to tlie docks and 
boarded the United States transport lidl.dlnii, which set sail for .\merica early the fol- 
lowing morning. 

May 28, 1919 — The Diilcntiiii docked at Philadelphia and Company "L" was trans- 
ported forthwith to Camp Dix via the Pennsylvania Railroad. 

June 7, 1919 — The last member of the Company received his discharge papers, and 
Company "L." 315th Infantry, closed its career of active military service. 



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Roster of Company L 

September 1, 1918 

.Inim T. Fonl. Jr. 
TJicodorn Ilospii 
George h. WriRlit 


Francis A. Awl 

GforKP S. Freeiiijiii 
Floyd S. Strosnider 

Theodore J. F. Simcndiuger 

Michael S. Rndvansky 

Reed llarnitz 
Eiiiil F. Beck, Jr. 
Elwood ("arnieaii 

I.ouis K, Rerkowitz 
John A. Itrannelly 
Frank G. BnRKlln 
Fred C. Dalton 
I'atrlrk Duhiii 
RenihiTt T. Kdsall 
AliiJiliani Krjinki^l 

Louis Enz 
Frank Limina 
WaltiT Meyer 
^\''ilIiam VoppI 

Frank J. Hock 
Nieohi Rionti 
Conu'lins Itreslin 
Wills A. Hnrrowes 
Fri'ih-riek C. Doellbor 
Aloysius J. Duffy 
Carl F. Ehiuann 
Ravnionil .T. Fitzpatriok 
Frank II. Flegel 


William V. Dudley David Levine 

Arthur G. Jones James V. MeGurr 

Adoljdi J. Kunze Harry Polinsky 


Carl M. Grosner Hunh II. McCorniack 

Harry Hahn John J. McMonat;le 

Joseph A. Keenan Hugh Moy 

Frank J. Kirk Harry Mun>hy 

Richard I,. LeFcvre Jolni P. Murray 

Karl <;. Ley James S. O'Doiiriell 

Frank J. Lisirr Carl A. Oe.slerle 

James II. Cowan 
('harles F. (Jrindle 
Edmniul H. Srlm.-ider 
George A. Spahn 


William J. O'TooIe 
Robert W. Patton 
Frederick P. Peters 
Natan Ptashkan 
Thcuoas C. I'riee 
Saralin Piicalowski 
Martin L. Rettig, Jr. 
Charles P. Ripa 
George Ruderiek 


William Frick 
Salvatore Gianihri 
Edmund O. Heyue 
Charles W. Hoog 
William J. Iluttner 
George L. Kelley 
Joscpli L. Klfinhans 
Ilenr.v W. Loveless .1. Michel 

George W. Weaver. Jr. 

Jacob C. Radel 
Charles E. Weir 

Samuel D. Ross 
Thomas F. J. Sheridan 
David R. Sperling 
Charles W, Staud^-nnmyer 
Ji'sepli M. Tinsnian 
Platans I'nchis 
Charles F. West 


Leonardo Massetti 
Charles S. Pleasants 

Ellis Salknvitz 
Walter R. S.lxMilt/, 
Charles F. S<hw:ih 
Willianj Si-livviiid 
Fred Iv. Stellwageii 
<'harh's E. Stewart 
Elmer J. Sullivan 
Alfred F. Wilbert 

Roceo Alhano 
William F. Ale 
1 la r vi'.v ] -. A ruibrecht 
Charles W. Auchey 
Samuel H. Bauer 
William E. Bell 
John A. Itosnick 
Harry T. Boyle 
William J. Bradley 
Joseph J. Brady 
George C. Brothers 
William Capparoni 
Basllia Cardamona 
Eduardo Carriilo 
Frank Castilgliono 
Walter F. Cavanaugh 
Clyde 11. Cotistantine 
Fram-is R. C(»yne 
'I'lmnias J. Cnllen 
Stanley J. Dohry 
Frederick L. Drneding 
Herbert R. Ehner 
John Engel 
Louis Esterhai 
Elmer J. Evans 
Pi'ter J. Fadigan 
Reginald E. Farrell 
Luigi Fedeseo 
,\n<lri'w Feege 
Edward F. Ferry 

Walter J. Adair 
BeiiKion Adler 
Natjile Ardissono 
Harice E. Bailes 
Roy E. Bell 
James L. Beh-her 
Lawrence R. Bennett 
Claude Bishop 
Arilinr J. Bonhiis 
Leo A. Bra<'cini 
Carl (I. Carlson 
Thonnis Cleek 

Richard J. Filhiri 
Edward J. Fillm.ver 
Frederick W. I'ilz 
Anthony M. Forsthoffcr 
Stephano Franceshini 
Charles Frank 
Samuel Frank 
Foma Garos 
John J. Gill 
Joseph T. tJirmseheid 
Harry Goodman 
Hugh P. (Jonnley 
William J. Gregory 
Frank Grillin 
Elwood G. HatTner 
John Haling 
James A. Ilahb-man 
John E. Harlman 
Howard P. Hefter 
AlphuMs H. Helmig 
Walter J. Ih'Tidersou 
Fred R. Hensling 
Louis S. Hess 
Ilyman HotTman 
Tony Kardas 
Jacob Kees 
Grover C. Kessler 
Jacob H. King 
Samuel Kivil/, 
Otto Kolh 


Rudidph L. Kovacs 
William Lamb 
Charles F. Lieb 
Maury Liehernian 
Michael A. LielMiwitz 
Vineenzo Liporaee 
Samuel J. Lubnhl 
John G. Mc<'n>ssen 
Hugh J. McFadden 
John J. MctJurr 
Slephan Mafera 
Patrick Maloney 
Giacfimo MasciarclU 
Paul J. Massing 
William J. May 
Harrv S. Meginnis 
Agostino Mella.c 
Lewis A. Miller 
Jonathan E. Morgan 
John F. Moser 
Frederick A. Muench 
Edward C. Muller 
Thomas P. Mulvntiev 
William T. Mnrphv 
William A. Nash 
Harrv L. Newton 
William Nicklcs 
George H. N.dl 
Emerson H. Nolte 
James B. O'Doniicll 

Joseph H. O'Malley 
Benjamin I'ark 
Edwardo Pasc|ualone 
Edmund C. I'echin 
Clmrles Peters 
Stern F. Picton 
MicluH'l I'ojip 
Charles F. Rjindal! 
Juseph F. Randazzo 
liernhardt Rausch 
Robert M. Reed 
Charles P. Reichert 
William Ri-id 
J<din D. Kosenbach 
Charles Rudy 
Julian H. Salomon 
Stinev J. Savakus 
William ii. Schaffter 
William F. Scheideman 
(iedallia Scheinfeld 
William R. Schulen 
Elmer Schield 
Harry Schill 
I'eier C. Schindler 
Henry Schmidt 
Louis C. Schnltzler 
J(din Schoenlein 
Edward Schreiner 
John II. Schulden 
William Schuster 

Samuel Sczerhicky 
Louis H. See 
Samuel C. Si-gel 
Charles E. Siggins 
Warren H. Smith 
Ibdger Sorcnsiui 
Emil H. Spink 
Edward J. Springer 
William H. Stanley 
Otto F. Siegmaier 
George Stein 
Bernard Stern 
Milfi-n Stern 
4'harles A. Steif 
Michael Steilbdn 
.\ bra ham Supperstone 
Joseph Szahewic/, 
Joseph Szalknski 
Miehele \elronn 
Sidney H. Vogel 
(Iscar J. Wagner 
Jann-s J. Waters 
William C. Welsh 
Isaac Wcnitskl 
Arthur Wilmot 
Jesse Woot.m 
James C. Yesuras 
Fred Youst 
George Zeunier 
Henry J. Zienier 

Joined as Replacements -October 26, 1918 


James T. Loft us 
AHchael Lowinski 
Samuel Marks 
Mark Miller 
Alfred C. Morlev 
<'lyde W. Neate 
Clarence L. Ncff 
Elisha (bile 
John J. Oestreieh 
Virgil <»wens 
\'irgil E. Parker 
William Paslcy 

John A. Donnelly 
Jay Fookes 
Eddie Givans 
William K. Grim 
Miley Haines 
James Harris 
Wesley C. Hcinen 
David R. Hon 

Lloyd \ 
James C 
Bailey H 




Charlie Kennedy 

Edward Prejean 
Clarence Rolu-rfs 
Wallace W. Sharp 
Charles H. Slusher 
Raymond E. Snow 
()ri<ui W. Spear 
Edward M. Stephenson 
Clarence Sydeiislricker 
Charles Sweeney 
Frank F. Traccv 
David T. Wilkinson 
Charles M. Wolfgang 

Not on Company Roll September I, 1918. But Rejoined Company L, December 1, 1918 


William S. Nishan 


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Septemljer 17, 1917 — Company "M," 315tli Infantry, was organized at Camp Meade. 
Maryland, with tlie following officers: Captain William W. VanBaman, First Lieu- 
tenant Carl W. Wentzel and Second Lieutenants Carl W. Andrews, Henry D. Fansler, 
and James Woods. 

September 22, 1917 — Local Boards No, 51 and No. 7, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 
sent Company "M" its hrst recruits. 

September 23. 1917 — Local Board No, ,34. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, sent addi- 
tional recruits to Company. 

October 1, 1917 — P'irst Lieutenant Wilton Snowden. Jr.. assigned to Company. 

October, 1917 — During tliis month a number of men were transferred to the 82nd 
Division at Camp Gordon, Georgia. 

January, 1918 — During this montli Second Lieutenant Harry D. Furey assigned to 
Company "M" from Company "1." Sergeants Maddox, Jenness and Dickens sent to 
Officers' Training School. 

March 20, 1918 — Company had its first experience sleeping in shelter tents. 

.April 4, 1918 — Company started on the march to Baltimore. Marched 13 miles to 
I'laltimiire Highlands and camped there over night. 

.\pril 5, 1918 — Company reached Patterson Park, Baltimore, Maryland, at 11:00 .A.. M. 

April 6, 1918 — Company, as part of the 315th Infantry, 79th Division, paraded 
through the streets of Baltimore and was reviewed by President Wilson. 

.\pril 7, 1918 — Company broke camp at 5:00 A. M. and left Patterson Park for Camp 
Meade at 6:30 A. M. Camp Meade was reached at 2:00 P. M. 

.\pril 15, 1918 — Companv marched to the rifle range and camped there until April 
19, 1918. 

May 1, 1918 — Received one hundred nien from the state of Ohio. .A.fter three weeks 
training these men were sent to Camp Lee, Virginia, to fill up the 80th Division. About 
this time the Company was beginning to think it would never see France and that Camp 
Meade was nothing more or less than a replacement camp. 

May 27, 1918 — Local Boards No. 31 and No. 36, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, sent 
men to Camp Meade to refill the Company. 

June 14, 1918 — Received thirty men from Camp LTpton, New York, to help bring 
the Company up to the required war strength. 

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June 26, 1918 — Received twenty-five men from the 311th Field Artillery. 

Julj' 7. 1918 — Left Camp Meade with 238 men for Hoboken, Xevv Jersey. Left 
Camp at 4:00 P. M., marcheil to the I!. & O. Railroad; arrive<l at Jersey City at 2:00 A. 
j\l., Jidy 8, 1918. 

July 8, 1918 — Detrained at 7:00 A. M.; l)oarded ferry lioat for Hoboken; 1).>ardeil 
transport Aiii<ri(.-<i aliout noon. 

July 9, 1918 — Left the shores of the L'nited States at 6:05 P. M. with four other 

July 14. 1918 — At niidniKht, struck and sank a liritish tanker in mid-ocean. Tlie 
Aiiiirii-ii lowered life boats and rescued eleven of the crew of forty-two men. 

July 17, 1918 — Eight U. S. destroyers joined us and convoyed us to port. 

July 18, 1918 — The Aincrh-n reached Brest at 5:00 P. M.. and by means of a ligliter 
the Company was landed. Marched to a rest camp near Pontanezen Barracks and 
pitched shelter tents in the dark. Had our first experience with the weatlicr of France 
— rain and mud. Camped here until July 22, 1918. 

July 22, 1918 — Company boarded train at 4:30 P. M. for tlie lUth Traininy; Area. 
After riding three days, reached tlic town of Vaux at 11:30 .\. \\. 

July 25, 1918 — Marched fourteen kilometers up hills to Vesvres. where the Com- 
pany was billeted. Here did our strenuous training for the Hun; in a few days started 
to police up the village. 

.August, 1918 — The month of .Kugust was devoted to hard training and maneuvers 
around Vesvres. 

September 1, 1918 — Started a three-day marcli witli full packs, but returned the next 

September 8, 1918 — Left Vesvres at 8:00 P. M., marched to Vaux, arriving at mid- 
night in a terrible rain storm. After waiting on the road for over an hour, were put 
in an old barn until 7:00 A. M. next morning. 

Septendser 9. 1918 — Boarded train at Vaux at 8:0(1 A. M.; arrived at Revigny a1)i>tit 
9:00 P. M.; detrained and slept in a muddy field. It rained all night, and the men had 
to sleep out in the open without any shelter. 



Company "\\" .s\\im;s iiv in Bai.iimorf. 

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All Set for a Meal in the Field 

September lU, 1918 — Company arrived at Haironville after a 27-kiloineter mareli. 

September 12, 1918 — Left Haironville at 6:00 P. M., marched about four kilometers 
and hoarded motor trucks. One of our trucks turned over in a ditch along the road at 

September I,^, 1918 — Arrived at Brocourt Woods about 8:00 A. M.; left again at 
6:00 P. M.: marched to dug-outs on side of hill (Camp H) near Dombasle. Men saw 
their (irst aeroplane hght here. 

September 14, 1918 — Saw observation baHoon shot down by enemy aeroplane. 

September 17, 1918 — Company moved from Camp H to Normandy Woods, about 
four kilometers. Lieutenant Furey assigned to Brigade Headquarters. 

September 18, 1918 — Left Xormandy Woods at 8:00 P. M. for trenches: our guide 
lost his bearings and Company marched about ten miles out of the way, finally walking 
up to an outpost group of the 33d Division, who turned us back and said if we had kept 
on going for ten minutes more the Company iyonld liave walked into the German 
trenches; got on the right road at last and took ftp- our position on the main line of re- 
sistance at 4:30 A. M., September 19, 1920. 

September 22, 1918 — The first time the Company had been under fire. The Germans 
sent over a barrage at daybreak that lasted for two hours. 

September 25, 1918 — Company moved out of trenches at 8:45 P. M., and took up 
position in third line trenches. 

Septemljer 26, 1918 — ."^t 5:30 A. M., Company formed in combat groups. The 314th 
Infantry led ofT, followed by the Third Battalion, 315th Infantry, the formation being 
Companies "I," "K," "L" and "M" in its sector of advance. In passing through the 
valley south of Haucourt the Company passed through a heavy smoke screen and lost 
connnection with the other companies. The Company was held up by snipers and 
machine gun fire at Malancourt and had to crawl up the side of a hill to a line of 
German trenches. Here Captain Von Baman was taken sick and carried back by first- 
aid men. First Lieutenant W'ilton Snowden took over command of the Company. 

September 27, 1918 — Company advanced with little or no resistance to a trench 
system about 400 meters north of the Montfaucon-Septsarges road. 

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Septcriiher 28. 1918 — Aihaiui-d to Bois des Ogons; formed a line on to]) of "Suicide 
Mill" and fought niacliiiie gunners and sniijers for three hours; advanced to edge of 
woods. Init were driven l)ack. our artillery falling short. Here the Conijianj- lost 
numerous men killed and wounded. Lieutenants Fansler and Andrews were wounded. 
-After advancing to the woods twice and liaving to withdraw on account of heavy lire, 
the Company was ordered to dig in for the nigjit on the hill. 

September 29, I9I8 — Advanced to I'.ois des Ogons again, and cliari^ed into the 
woods. Tanks were brought up, l)Ut were of no use, the woods being too tliick, and 
we were forced to withdraw again on account of heavy artillery lire. On this day the 
enemy shelled our tirst aid station and lield hospital, killing many of the w-ounded. The 
Company received orders to dig in on "Suicide Hill" and hold position in case of 
counter attack, hut at 5:00 P. M. was forced from hill by violent artillery bombard- 
ment. Lieutenant W'entzel w-as evacuated and Lieutenant Snowdcn was the only oHicer 
left with the Company. 

September 30, 1918 — .\linut .i:00 .\. M.. I'onipany moved to a line of (k-rman trenches 
near Xantillois, remaining here until reliexed at 2:00 P. M. by tlie .3rd Division. During 
this drive thirteen men w-ere killed, lifty-eight wounded and one reported missing. Tiie 
Com])any marched back to liill imrtli of Malancourt and camped there lor the night. 

October I, 1918 — Marclied tn 1'. C. Caesar and pitched shelter tents. 

October 3. 1918 — At 6:30 A. .\l.. marched to Xormandy Woods; moved that ninht 
at 9;1X) P. M. and marched until 4:11(1 A. .\1. to b'oret de Souilly. 

October 4, 1918 — At 2:45 P. .M.. marclied to Recourt. arriving at 7:30 P. M. Com- 
pany slept in a lield. Lieutenant I'urey returned to Company. 

October 5, 1918— Marched to P. C. Pierre. 

Octidier 9. 1918 — Sergeant Joliii Cashmaii sent to .Army Candidates' School. 

October 10. 1918 — Marched to I'.ouquemont, arriving at IO:,W P. .M. 

October 11. 1918 — Lieutenant Muir assigned to Company. 

(October 17, 1918 — Third Battalion mo\ed out by way of Woimbey, La Croix, 
Seuzy and Dompierre to the Bois de Ra(iuatet. about twenty kilometers. 

October 18, 1918 — Marched to Thillot, taking over line of resistance and relieving 
French troops at St. Maurice; billetcil in Cerniaii camp. 

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p. C. Ziii-.wh AMI I iroi 11- rs L seh i\\ C(impany "M" in Sector 304 

October 21, 1918— At 10:00 P. M., Company called "Ut and ordered to stand to 
until dayliglit. vvrjrd being received tliat the Germans were planning an attack. Attack 
never materialized. 

October 2.3. 1918 — I'irst Lieutenant Wilton Snovvden appointed Captain of "M" 
Company. First Lieutenant Palmer assigned to Company. 

October 25. 1918— Relieved by 33d Division at 7:00 A. M. Marched to Troyon, 
arriving at noon. 

October 26, 1918 — .\t 7:00 .■\. M.. started to march to Camp Montliairons. .Arrived 
at the camp about 1:00 P. M. Received thirty new men as replacements and moved out 
the same night at 6:00 P. M. Marched all night, arriving at the woods northwest of 
Fromereville at 7:00 A. M.. October 27. 1918. 

October 27, 1918 — Lieutenant Muir transferreil to "G" Company. 

October 28, 1918— .At 5:00 P. M. marched to Rois de Forges, arriving at 11:30 P. M. 
Company slept in the woods. Next morning there was a heavy frost. Stayed in the 
woods all day. About 4:00 P. M. a German aeroplane came over and was attacked by 
two of our aeroplanes. .After a snappy fight, the German plane was brought down. 
During the fight machine gun bullets were falling among the members of the Company. 

October 29, 1918 — Left Bois de Forges at 5:00 P. M. and arrived at midnight in 
reserve position in the Grande Montague Sector. 

October 30, 1918 — .At daybreak, the men, being hungry, went scouting along the 
road and found several ration dumps that had been shelled, the food lying all around 
— corned beef, pickles, tomatoes, bacon, sugar, coffee and bread. The bread had the 
appearance of having gas on it, but the men, having had nothing to eat, were glad to 
get it. The Company held this position until midnight, November 4-5, 1918, and was 
then ordered to pack up and take up a position in support of the Second Battalion in 
the Bois de Consenvoye. 

November 6, 1918 — .At daybreak the Company formed in combat groups and ad- 
vanced through the Bois Plat Chene in a heavy fog, up to the crest of Hill 370 and 


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there (li:g in. Juft after leaving tlic wouds. tlie Germans i pened \i|) witli a heavy l)ar- 
rage. and all coninuinication was cut off from the rear, the roads heing sher!e<i so 
heavily. The Company stayed on this hill all night. 

Noveml)er 7. 1918 — Advanced at daybreak, our own artillery falling short, and 
were held up for about one hour until the barrage passed over us. The Com]iany ad- 
vanced to the vicinity of the Clairs Chenes trenches and dug in for the night. 

November 8, 1918 — Rations were brought up about l():(l(l .A. M. and more ammu- 
nition and hand grenades were issued to the men. Meanwhile our machine gun bat- 
talion threw a barrage into the woods on our right for one hour. The Company then 
took cover in the woods from observation, but had to leave the woods on account of an 
artillery barrage. Xine German aeroi)lanes came over, flying very low. firing their 
machine guns at the Company, and dro])])ing bombs. They succeeded in killing one of 
<iur men and wounding another, but linally our aeroplanes came up and routed tliem. 
The Comi)any pushed east and halted for the night on the heights south of licurey. 

November 9, 1918 — .Advanced to tlie hill south of Reville. Here we met a French 
Intelligence Officer. He said the war would be ended in eiglit days. We then advanced 
by squads through the valley to the hill south rf Etraye. Comiiany stayed here for 
the night. 

November 10, 1918 — .Advanced about five hundred yard;, and ordered to clean up 
rifles the best we could. .At 6:(10 P. -M. advance<l in combat groups for three kilometers 
to the Daiuvillers-Wavrille road, the Comi>any dig.gin.g in along the liank by the road 
for the night. 

November 11, 1918— Company moved out at 6:0(J A. M. to Hill 328 and du.g in 
under a heavy barrage from our artillery, the Germans keeping up a steady fire also. 
.At 11:00 .A. Al., everything stopped suddenly; we then received orders not to fire on 
any Germans, or to fire any lirearnis to celebrate tlie signing of the .Armistice. The 
men were permitted to have a tire to keep warm, and were told to improxe their fo.K 


View Showing the Ci.airs Chenes Trenches, C.\ptured bv Troops of the Third B.\tt.\i.ion 
ON THE Evening of November 7th, 1!M8. The Fox Holes Used .■^s the Third B.\tt.m.ion 
P. C. Can Bk Seen Just to the Right of the Ro.\d and Near the Right Hand Side 
OF the Picture. 

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holes and to get whatever covering they could, lor we had to hohl the line for a few- 
days. Our kitchens came u]). and the Company received its first hot meal in six days. 
Lieutenant Child was assigned to the Company. During this drive two men w-ere killed 
and twenty-one wounded from Company "M." 

Xovemher 13. 1918 — .-Xt noon the Company moved hack from the hill tn ICtraye 
and billeted in what was left of the village. Every house had been hit. Captain Snow- 
den left the Company, going to the hospital to get treatment for mustard gas luirns. 
Lieutenant Palmer placed in command of the Company. 

Xovemher 14, 1918 — Lieutenant h'urey rejoined Company and assumed command. 

Xovemher IS, 1918 — Lieutenant .\ndrews rejoined Company from hospital. 

.Vovember 19, 1918 — Captain Victor IL Moreau assigned to "M" Company. Cap- 
tain Snowden transferred to "'11" Company. 

Xovemher 2L 1918 — Company started at 8;0() A. M. to salvage over the battle 
field. Lieutenant Child transferred to "L" Company. 

Xovemher 24, 1918 — Lieutenant .Andrews transferred to "K" Company. 

Xovemher 27, 1918 — Captain Moreau evacuated to hospital. 

Xovemher 28, 1918 — Thanksgiving services at Damvillers and Victory Parade. 

December 4. 1918 — Lieutenant .Andrews assigned to "M" Company. 

December 25, 1918 — Received presents from V. .M. C. .\.; cigarettes, cigars, cakes 
and chocolate. 

December 26, 1918 — Company moved at 8:15 A. Al. and marched to Thierville just 
outside of Verdun; slept in French army post. 

December 27, 1918 — Marched to Souilly; slept in hosi)ital barracks. 

December 28, 1918 — Marched to Courouvre. 

January 14, 1919 — Captain Van Baman rejoined Company from hospital. First 
Lieutenant Gilbert assigned to "M" Company. 

February 7, 1919 — Private John Lynch killed at school. 

i'ebruary 8, 1919 — Second Lieutenant Ryan assigned to "M" Company. 

bebruary 9. 1919 — Captain Van Raman transferred to 4th -Army Corps. 

March 28, 1919 — Moved from Courouvre at 8:00 .A. M.: marched to Erize-la-Brulee. 

March 29, 1919— Marched to Culey. 

.March 30. 1919— Marched to Villers-Ie-Sec. 

March 31. 1919 — Marcheil to Xoncourt. 

.April 1, 1919 — Marched to Rimaucourt. 

April 12, 1919 — Marched to ()r(|ucvau.x. Divisional review by General Pershing. 

.\l)ril 14. 1919 — Regimental review at Chauniont by Lieutenant General Hunter 

.April 22, 1919 — Company entrained at 2:30 .\. M.; left Rimaucourt at 5:00 .A. M. 
for the Xantes area. 

.\pril 25, 1919 — -Arrived at N'crtciu. 

May 1, 1919 — Captain Carl \V. VVentzel assigned as Company Commander, l-'irst 
Lieutenant Carl W. -Andrews transferred and appointed Third Battalion .Adjutant. 

May 12, 1919 — F.ntraincd at Vertou for St. Xazaire: reached emliarkation center 
at .St. Xazaire the same evening. 

May 15. 1919— Boarded U. S. S. lUtl-ntiiii for the United States. 

May 28. 1919 — Arrived at Philadelphia. Pennsylvania, and proceeded from the 
dock to Camp Dix, New Jersey. 

June 7. 1919 — Company "M." 315th Infantry, comjjleted its history as a military 
unit with the demobilization of its last members. 


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Roster of Company M 

September 1, 1918 


Williaiii \V. Vail 



Henry D. Fansler 

Wilton Snowden, 

r;irl W. Wfntzel 


Jost'ph A. Vaiiarsilalf 

.lohn A. Casey 
.Tolii] J. ('Mshnian 
Williiiiii J. Ja(.'kson 

WillinTii AUn-rt 
Jubu ISanett 
('laytoii E. Bordiier 
John B. Royd 
Jtiliii H. Castdr 
.Tiilin J. Collins 
Henry A. ('otter 


Carl W. Andrews 
Harry D. Fiirey 


Edward I'. Hill 


George Johlisnn 
Albert A, Kiiitriii 
Reuben C. I.iml.M 

Ji s.-ph E. I.undbeik 
II FiTd \\\ Maddc.x 
llari.lil Marshall 


Juliii Doiliis 
John A. Doody 
Frederick Fiu'ley 
James M. Ferris 
Felix Flegel 
Daniel Giddberg 

<'Iiarles ('. Hngan 
William W. Holland 
Thomas A. Kelly 
Kobert Liebl 
Hugh L. Mi-Gee 
lalrick M. MeKearney 

Jciseidl W. MeDevitt 

Jidni F. 


l.rediTi. k 

G. Sill)cr 

Thomas F 


Anthony t 

. Neidiergcr 

Harold Niglitlinger 


J. I'hilliiJS 

Cecil A. I 


Vincent F 


Daniel F. 



Alfred D. Carson 
John F. Dunbar 
James J. Montague 
Thomas M. Thompson 


Elviji R. Baker 
William A. Frey 
Eujreiie F. Hallaeker 
Vivian Rvitherfurd 

Josejih J. Brimmer 
Frank E. Bm-kalew 
Washiii>;toii Bnckson 
Thomas C. Catanaeh 
(lenr^ie Dalstone 
'Jrofinj Drega 
(iiamhattista Foseo 
Alexander Freidel 
Edward J. Gallagher 
.lithn <ianris 
Edward Gordon 

Jnseph H. Barton 
Isaac L. Bedwell 
Harry M. Berlin 
Ifavid J. Bowman 
Euiidio Brandimarte 
Charles F. Brownstein 
John S. Buebesi 
James Burns 
Joseph r. Byrne 
Sam 4'anipaciia 
Fred W- Cavin 
Unss.dl Clements 
Nil;.'in<. Creehio 
Ellwu.Kl Derricks 
Francis I', Donnelly 
Thomas H. Easton 
Ki.bert Eisele 
Martin M. Fay 
Kiihert Fitzgerald 
Charles V. Flynn 
Thomas Fox 
R<isario Frank 
Hay G. Gilbert 
DenTiis J. Gilmore 
FInvd (Jreen 
ott<. E. Grignll 
Charles A. Haliinan 
N'iiiccnt S. Ilanna 
Harrv A. Harris 
Genr;;e Hart 
ll;illie H, llarlman 
Cliaiies A. Hassen 
Harry Hanptfnhrer 
Francis H. Hawmann 
William A. Hayes 
William O. Haynie 

Elbert Braidiam 
Frank Dnianey 
Emil F. Dux 
Mitchell Oarabedian 
Willie R. Gillenwaters 
James Great house 
Inze (iump 
Brethard Hill 

William Headlcy 
Joseph M. Helhngs 
Wellingli.n Jny 
Michael J. Jn.vce 
John King 
Adolph Knrmin 
Anthony Laganella 
Ravmcnd Lantenbai 
Albert W. L.ird 
Cristofaro Masci«de 
Donate Masciole 

Cliflfard Henry 
Charles F. Heveiier 
Harrv Hirsch 
Edward F. Hogan 
\'alentine A. Jenning: 
Harlan o. Jester 
Frank Jnlmsnn 
John K. Kell.T 
J(.iin D. Knahel 
Henrv J. Knil 
Michael Kur^ha 
Simon I^apis 
James B. Logan 
Raymon E. Loudeu 
Arthur W. Lux 
Charles M. Lydfiu 
John H. Lvneh 
W'illiam Mc<'lellan 
John K. McElfatriek 
Bernard McGarry 
John F. MeGlynn 
James J. McKeon 
Edward MeQuillen 
Harry P. Magee 
Marco Maimone 
Robert Martinek 
Salvatore Matta 
TlHinias F. Meade 
Nichulas H. Meisler 
Joseph iMeskiunas 
Christian J. Miller 
James R. L. Miller 
Clarence W. Mitten 
H<-rb«*rt (J. M<.rris 
Alexjind.T H. Mnrris( 
James Murray 

Guiseppe Militti 
Giacomo Most ariello 
George E. Nasb 
John W. Nonnemaker 
<'onnin4' rascpieriella 
(;enrge F. Reedy 
Paul Uecs 
ler Achilles V. Scache 

Michael Shernuin 
Martin M. Shields 
William E. Shubert 


* arl H. Nelson 
William J Neumann 
John E. Nicklous 
J<ihn Niederi-iter 
Ernesi W. Norman 
Mikulai 0;:onowski 
William J. Orfanakos 
J.ihn J. Oti 
Donienico I'agliarone 
Jnhii I'atkus 
ra<ipiale I'etrone 
William R. Patrick 
Carmino IVrrine 
Constantine letrouleas 
Antoni Pietzok 
Claren<-e W. I'ilkingtnn 
Primo Pirrodi 
Harrv Pla.e 
Zv-iiiant Plocenik 
William G. Plunkett 
Komeii Ponipei Proetnr 
Stefan Prokopenio 
Jnseph Randaz/.o 
Herman Rausch Rebhan 
Edwin P. Keep 
Charles Hehmann 
Fred A. Reisen 
<'harles G. Reim 
Robert A, Reitb 
Frank Ri-hards 
Jnhn J. Ritchie 
Carlton K. Hosentield 
(iavril Kussak 

Joined as Replacements — October 26, 1918 

Charlie Landiert 
(tilisepi)e Lubue 
Kredic R. Lyon 
Joseph P. McGintv 
L'.uis J. Miller 
Harvey A. Peek 
Fred C Pyles 

Frank Holmes 
Jeff Justice 
Antoni Kazmii'ski 
Elbert i'. Kemp 
Henry Klewe 
Julian Krasnicki 
Ludvik Kuharisen 

Raymond E. Siebert 
Alexander Skulimosky 
Hcister Slal.-r 
Arthur E, Sb.wey 
William J. Snyder 
Harry M. Spates 
Samuel K. Steever 
Lawrence F. Stewart 
Daniel F. Toolan 
Stanley Zaiecky 

George P. Russell 
Salomon Sacks 
Otto W. Salo 
Gaetano Santamaria 
Alfred A. SautiT 
Lawrence Scanloii 
George S<'inving 
Paul Seltzer 
Harrv W. Sendcrling 
Samuel Sewell 
Lnuis J. Seyb.ild 
Alie Sherman 
Frank Siiiardi 
Albert A. Smith 
Harry Sopnian 
George Staigele 
John Sullivan 
Jnhn F, Sullivan 
Frederick W. Thies 
John Tlmmas 
Ezra Tnlchinsky 
Harry S, Tomlinson 
Eddy Turner 
Samuel Weiss 
AllH-rt A. Wcllcr 
William J. Whaleu 
Geor^'e E, Whitney 
Henry J. Williamsi.n 
Hartdd R. W^>rthingtnn 
John C. Wright 
Frank C. Wurstel 
Ernest W. Wyatt 
(Jabriel Yenney 
IlerTuati Ziegler 
Max Zuckernian 
Stanley Zuker 

Mitcli.U L. Robertson 
Walter B. Sandidge 
Stenty Sankosky 
Harry B. Thrush 
James J. Walsh 
Ralph E. Warfield 
Arthur Weaver 
Daniel Willis 

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Headquarters Company 
Machine Gun Company 
Supply Company 
Medical Detachment 



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At the formation of the 315th Infantry in August. 1917. Captain Francis 
A. Awl, an ex-Regular Army officer, was selected by Colonel Rosenbaum to 
command Headquarters Company. The lieutenants assigned to the Company 
were as follows: First Lieutenants Robert H. Lafean. Ledlie I. Laughlin and 
Edward B. Maguire, and Second Lieutenants Joseph R. Bingman, Ray G. 
Lehman and Alfred G. Harlow. 

Early in .September, 1917, the Regiment received a number of men from 
the Regular .\rmv to act as provisional non-commissioned officers. (Jf this 
number, seven were assigned to Headquarters Company and Sergeant Raymond 
Vanderbrock was appointed First (Top) Sergeant. 

On September 21, 1917, the recruits began arriving, and on the following 
day Headquarters Company received its first quota, a portion of the first con- 
tingent from Local Board No. 36, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Captain Awl 
and Captain Duncan, of tiie 315th Infantry Machine Gun Company, divided the 
contingent Ijetween their organizations, fifty to the former and forty-six to the 
latter. All the buildings had not yet been completed, and temporarily the two 
companies shared the upper floor of "R-14.'" After carefully dividing the two 
groups and marching them to the second floor, it was found that there were 
fifty-two men on Headquarter's side and forty-four on Machine Gim's side. 
From this it can be seen that even that early in the game were the recruits 
fighting to get into a good organization. 

Although, for months, the Company was to be drilled and trained exactly 
the same as the rifle companies, as soon as the new recruits commenced arriving 
men were selected from the rifle companies who had the qualifications of s])ecial- 
ists and experts required by a headquarters company ; namely, linemen, stenog- 
raphers, switchboard operators, engineers, mine foremen, horsemen, timber work- 
ers, signalmen, musicians, investigators, postal clerks, and French and German 

< )n Noxemlier 5, 1917, Headquarters Companv received another large incre- 
ment of recruits. The first allotment of men had proved to be such excellent 
material that, by request of the Comi)any officers, a second contingent from 
Local Board No. 36 was also turned over tcj this Company, as was a contingent 
from Local Board No. 24. These were the last recruits received direct by the 
Company. From then on it was always filled up by specialists drawn from the 
different rifle companies of the Regiment. 

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During the winter. Lieutenant Harlow was promoted ami transferred to 
Coni])any "l." and Lieutenant Lehman was transferred to the 17th Infantry. 
'l"o till the vacancies caused by the de]>arture of these officers. Lieutenant Francis 
A. Ciiidsey and Lieutenant Russell M. \Villar<l were transferred to the Coni])anv 
fr(jni C'(ini])anies "C" and "H" respectively. 

In the s])ring. an f)])ii()rtunity was ]jresenled to show thi' results of the manv 
long hours s]ient in ])repar;ition for range work. Down on the target range. 
I leadc|Uarters Com])any hacl the satisfaction of nosing out Companv "11" for 
the silver cup offered to the company of the Regiment making the best average 
score during the target season. This victory was doubly sweet because Ilead- 
f|uartcrs C'onipany had beaten the rifle companies at their own game. 

• )n May .^. 191S, the various platoons were organized on a mor.- thorough 
basis, and training in the s])ecialties commenced in earnest. Selected non- 
commissioned officers were sent to attend schools of instruction in the use of 
trench mortars, telephones, one-])ounders, telegra])hy, gas defense and so forth. 

During the month of June, 191S, the entire company was extremely busy 
in making preparations for its departure overseas. Rumors came and rumors 
went, but still no official word arrived about sailing. On the evening of July 3rd, 
the Company gave a party to Captain Awl in which the friends and relatives 
of the members were inxited. The feast was of the kind that would do credit 
to the best of the country's leading hotels. The entertainment was provided by 
members of the Comjiany. and among the entertainers were such notaliles as 
I-"rank (Juinn, Richard Cana\an ( I'eezy-W'eezy ) , Musician L'hl, Corporal Sjiering 
and the Regimental Band. At the close of the jiarty, a beautiful silver sword 
was ])resented to Captain Awl from the meml>ers of the Company with this 
inscription — -"To our Captain, frcmi the members of Headquarters Com])any." 

Coincident with the part)' to Ca])tain .\wl there arrived the long expected 
orders to ])repare for embarkation. Just jirior to the movement o\erseas. Lieu- 
tenant Robert II. Lafean was a])pointed aide-de-camp to Brigadier ( ieneral 
Rosenbaum and was, therefore, transferred from the Comjiany. ( )n Siuiday, 
July 7, 191S. Headquarters Com])any at 2 1'. M. marched to Disney, Maryl.ind. 
with colors flying, band playing and amid the cheering throngs of visitors. It 
boarded the tram at 2:45 P. .M. and departed for its long hojjed for destination — 
France. The trip overseas was made on the C .">. .^. America, which sailed Jidy 
9th and arrived at Brest, France, July IS. 191S. 

.\fter spending three days at Brest, the Company entrained with the balance 
of the Regiment for the tri]) to the training area. Regimental Headquarters 
and llead(|uarters Comjiany were assigned to the town of Esnoms in the new 
area. The Company detrained at \'aux and marched to Esnoms, a distance of 
about live kilometers. This town was reached about 11 P. M., and a shelter 
tent camj) was established until daylight arrived, at which time the men were 
assigned to billets. A \ery rigid drill schedule was drawn up with reveille at 
5:30 .\. .M., as it was known thai ihe period of training in this area would lie 
short ere the Regiment moxed to the from. 

( )n .\ugust 1, 1918, Lieutenant E. .Murniw Shei)])ard was transferred to 
Head(|uarters Com])any and assigned to the Signal I'latoon. He was later trans- 
ferred to the F.ombers and Sa])])ers Platoon, and early in January, 1919, was 
transferred to the I'irst Replacement Depot at Toul, France, to command a 
casual com])any returning to the L'nitcd States. Lieutenant John W. Stauffer 
was transferred to I lead(|uarters Comjjany on .August 13, 1918, and was assigned 
to the I lcad(|uariers Platcon. In Febrnarx, 1919, hv was sent on detached 


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Ikaihh akieks Company at Camp Meade 

service to the 2nd Corps School, A. E. E., and later was transferred to that 
school as an instructor. 

( )n August 23. 1918, Captain Francis A. Awl was transferred to Company 
"L," and the same day Captain Ward W. Pierson, of Company "L," was 
transferred to Headquarters Company . The members of the Com])any realized 
that they had lost a real friend and a comrade, as all the men in the Company 
looked on Captain Awl as their "Pop," and often alTectionately referred to him 
as "Pop" Awl. Captain Pierson soon won the hearts of the men, and it was not 
long after he took command of the Company that he became very popular. 
Captain Pierson took uj) the training, initiated by Captain Awl, until, at 4 :00 
A. ^I. on September Sth, orders were received to proceed to Revigny. The 
Companv ])ulled out of Msnoms. marched to Vaux and entrained there for 
Revigny, arri\ing at its destination about 5:00 A. M. on the morning of Septem- 
ber 9, 19 IS. The Company then hiked from Revigny to Lisle en Rigault, arriving 
about 4:00 P. M. that afternoon. The stay at this place was very short, and it 
was here that all extra clothing and knitted goods were salvaged. At about 10 :00 
P. M. on the night of September 12th, busses were boarded, and, after riding all 
night, at that time to a destination unknown, the Company arrived next morning 
at the battle-scarred village of Dombasle. The Company was marched to a camp 
consisting of dugouts and few shanties in a woods nearby. The boys had not been 
located in the camp many hours before they heard reports of heavy French 
guns conveying to the Hun their nightly greeting of hatred — yes, and the whistle 
of a (lerman shell returning the compliment. The Company remained in these 
dugouts over night, living a gypsv life and cooking meals as best it could. 
The next morning, about nine o'clock, a French guide was furnished and the 
Company was taken in single column to Sector Favry ( Camp Civile ) where the 
Regiment took over the trenches. Selected men from each platoon were sent to 
function with the different battalions, and thus Headquarters Company operated 
until the signing of the Armistice, November 11th, 1918. 

(For operations: see history of platoons.) 

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iii:.\i)nrAirii:ks (( ).mi'.\>jy 

WIkmi I Icadquarters Coniijaiiy was rcliuwd at tlii- front, ( )ct()l«T 1, 191,S, 
and L'a])tain I'ierson was ordiTfd t<j take icminiand of tlic I'^irst iHittalion. •'"irsl 
ediii' I. Laiijjidin took command ol ilu- C'om])any from < )ctol)er Isl 


to ( )ctol)cr 2.Vd, when lie was a|)])ointcd actini; l\cf,dmeiital Personnel ( )fticer 

t )n Se])teml)er 30. 191S, while Xantillois was mider hea\ y sh.dl lir,-. Lieu- 
tenant Russell M. Willard was wotnuU'd hy II. L. and was e\aeualed to die 
hospital, lie did not rejoin the Company until Xovemher 14. 191S. 

( »n .Septemher 29, 191N, Lieutenant I'jlward H. Maguire was severely 
wounded with II. K. and e\acu;ited to the hospital, where he S])ent many weeks, 
lie was later transferred to a in the United States, and mustL-red out 
of ser\ice without ever rejoiniiifj the Company. 

Lieutenant I^'rancis A. Chidsey was placed on detached service on Octoh r 
IcS. 191S. and sent to the Cnited .States as an instructor in liaison work. Lieu- 
tenant Chidsey was one of the most popular olTicers of the Company, and his 
loss was greatly felt hy all. esjiecially hy the nr.-mhers of his jjlatooii. 

Lieutenant lose]ih R. I'ingman was transferred from I leadquarters Com- 
]i.iiiy to Company "K" after the .\rmistice. and this transfer took awav from 
the Com])any the last of the original corps of officers. 

( )ii ( )ctol)er 2,5. 191S. Ca])tain jose])li D. Noonan was transferred to llrad- 
(|uarters Com])aiiy from Company ".\." and remained in command of ihe 
Coni])any iMitil .\o\eml)er 29tli. when he was transferred to Coni]);uiv "!■".. " ( )n 
the same date, Ca]it:iin l.iuins .\. Miller tools coniiuand of 1 lead(|iiarters 

Second Lieiili-nants I l,irr\- .\. Cr.awford and .\ugustus J. Beck were trans- 
ferred to I lead(|uarters Company from the ,50th Division on Novemher 12, 191S. 
Lieutenant Heck, who had had much e.\])erience as a signal officer in his former 
organization, was assigned to the Signal I'latooii, and Lieutenant Crawford, who 
had had ecjually as much e.xijerieiice with trench mortars, was assigned to the 
Trench Mortar Platoon. Both officers remained with the Com])anv until .M.irili 
16, 1919. when they were transferred hack to their former division in ordjr to 
return to the United States with it. 

When the Company came out of the lines, it was assembled and hilleted at 
1 ),Lni\ illers. this being the tirst time it had functioned as a com])any since the 
14th day of .September. 191S. ( )n December 26th. after lixiiig in the ruins of 
this shell torn town for a month and a half, the Company hiked with the rest of 
the Regiment to the Souilly .\re.i. < >n S.iturday, December 2Xtli, the Coni|)aii\' 
reached its destination, the little town of Chaumont-sur-Aire in the department 
of Meuse. After a rest of a clay or two, drill, maneuvers and terrain exercises 
tilled each day, and there was beaucou]) squads east and west together with manv 
hikes and re\iews. On December ,50th. I-'irst 1-ieutenant W' I"., llackrtt 
was transferred to 1 lead(|uarters Comjianv from "11" Comjiany. 

( )n .March 27. 1919. the Division received orders to proceed overland to the 
I'oiirili Training .\rea. 1 lead(|uarters Company started on this hike on the 2Sth 
at 9 .\. M. and arrived at Rimaucourt. its destination, at 4 1'. M. on .\])ril 1st. 

I he rle;m barracks, comfortable bunks and wide streets brought back the 
good old days of Cam]) Meade life, and athletics became \ery ])Oi)ular under the 
instruction of Lieutenant Russell M. Willard. Regimental .\thletic < )rticer. .At 
this st.ation I-'irst Lieutenant John J. I'orbidge transferred to I leail(|'.i;irl,rs 
Company from Supply Com|)anv. 

The last week in .\])ril s.iw the Com])any ;igain on the nunc, this time "a-la- 
box-cars" towards the seajiort. The next stop was at N'crtou, a small bVencli 
village only five miles from Xantes. Tlie sl.av ;it tlii^ little vill.ige will always 



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remain as a pleasant thought in the minds of the members of Headquarters Com- 
pany. The cleanHness of the village and the cordial relations with the French 
inhabitants made the short stay there one always to be remembered. 

It was at Vertou that Captain Lucius A. Miller was transferred to the 28th 
Infantry Captain Miller was a Regular Army officer of the old school, and his 
personal interest in every member of the Company had made him very popular 
during the period of his stay with the Headquarters outfit. 

First Lieutenant Wallace E. Hackett was now left in command of the 
Company, and so remained until it was mustered out 

The Regiment moved from \'ertou to St. Nazaire, by train, on the 12th of 
May. This was the last box-car ride the boys of Headquarters Company e\er 
took. After a stay of four days at the Isolation Camp at St. Nazaire, the 
Company boarded the transport Santa Rosa (better known to the boys as the 
"Santa Roller") boimd for the best land in the whole world — the good old 
U. S. A. 


On September 21, 1917, the first contingent of National Army men arrived 
in Block R to form the 315th Infantry. After these men had been assigned to 
the various organizations, an S. O. S. call was sent out to the companies for 
stenographers and clerks to make up the Regimental Headquarters personnel, 
and the following were placed on duty at the Headquarters building, R-12: 
Privates Samuel H. Adams, Joseph Furman, Raymond E. Hollenbach, Russell M. 
McA-Iahon and Seymour Stern. When these men reported to the sergeant major's 
office, they found Sergeant Raymond V'anderbrock, formerly a non-commissioned 
officer in the Regular Army, on duty there as acting regimental sergeant major. 
Shortly after the new arrivals had reported, however. Sergeant Vanderbrock was 
transferred to Headquarters Company and appointed first sergeant of that 

Some time elapsed before the headquarters personnel was finally selected, 
but on October 1, 1917, Privates Joseph Furman and Seymour were appointed 
color sergeants, and at the same time Color Sergeant Stern was made acting 
regimental sergeant major. Private Samuel /Vdams was made corporal. Due 
to the increase in the size of the Regiment, which caused additional duties, it 
was necessary to increase the personnel of the office, and on October 10th, 
Privates John J. Campbell, Anthony P. Davitt, David E. Mordell and Andrew 
W'ollersheim were placed on duty. At the same time Privates John Friel and 
John .Schaft'er were selected as couriers. 

During the latter part of October, Acting Regimental .Sergeant Major Stern 
was discharged because of physical disal)ility, and on ( )ctol)er 29th Sergeant 
Norman E. Humphreys was transferred to Regimental Headquarters and ap- 
pointed acting regimental sergeant major. Between November 1st and 15th, the 
following promotions were announced : Sergeant Norman E. Humphreys and 
Corporal Samuel H. Adams to be battalion sergeant majors ; Private John J. 
Campbell to be color sergeant ; and Private Raymond E. Hollenbach to be 
corporal. The following transfers were also made during the period mentioned: 
Color Sergeant Furman made ordnance sergeant and transferred to Supjily Com- 
pany ; Private John Schaffer transferred to Headquarters Company and made 
corporal : Private Mordell made sergeant and transferred to Supply Company. 
Private, first class, Ernest Z. Stead and Private John L. Smith were placed on 
dutv as couriers. 

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I llh lltAlllJI AKim> |)KIAl HMK.Nl llNCTIOX 

I)uriiig the nioiuli of I )cccinbcr the tdlluwiiis^ aii])(iintiiieiits were anncmnced: 
Battalion Serfjeaiit Major Hiimi)hreys to he refjinKMital sergeant major: l'ri\ates 
Anthony I'. Davitt and Russell M. McMahon to Ije haltalion sert^eant majors; 
Cor])oral Raymond E. Hollenbach to he color sergeant: and I'rivale Andrew 
W'ollersheini to he corporal. The personnel of the Headquarters Detachment 
was now established, each man being familiar with his particular duties, and 
the routine of the office was carried on without interruption throughout the 
winter and spring. 

The latter part of May and the first of June saw several changes in the 
office. A new (le])artment was created by the War Department, namelv tiie 
Personnel ( )ffice, which carried with it a rank of Regimental .'sergeant ^^ajor. 
Regimental Sergeant Major Humphreys was transferred to the new de]5artment ; 
Rattalion .Sergeant Major Samuel II. Adams succeetled him as regim.'ntal ser- 
geant major, and Color Sergeant Hollenbach was appointed battalion sergeant 
major. On June 1st the new department took over the administrative work of 
the Regiment, leaving the tactical end for Regimental Headquarters. 

Two other changes in the personnel of Regimental lleadc|uarters occurred 
during the month of June. Private William H. Bertolel was transferred to the 
office, and Pri\ate, first class. Ernest Z. .^tead was relie\ed and made cor])oral 
of llead(|uartcrs Company. 

The middle of June l)rougiu considerable excitement in the office, as the 
order reached us that we would lea\e Cam]) Meade for France on July 7th. 
Regimental Headtiuarters was closed about 2 1'. M. July 7th, when the sergeant 
major and staff joined Headquarters Company to march to the train. 

L'pon boarding the U. -S. .^. America. July 9th. Regimental Headquarters 
was established in a small room in the stern of the l)oat, but did not function 
normally until after the first three days, when we all recovered our sea legs. 

( )n arri\al in France, July ISth, we were initiated into the term P. C. ( Post 
Command), this replacing the old term Headc|uarters, and our first 
P. C. was established in a corner of the Commanding (Officer's tent amid the 
mud .and <wani]>s of th;it far-famed "Rest Camp" — Brest. 

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After a three day train ride in the po])ular "40 and 8," we arrived in Esnoms, 
and the P. C. opened July 25th. (Jn July 27th. we met our new Commanding 
Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Aldeii C. Knowles, later Colonel, who assumed 
command of the Regiment. No further changes in the personnel of the office 
occurred with the exception of the addition of Private William H. Becker, who 
was shortly appointed corporal, and Private Rohert Simpson who was appointed 
color sergeant. 

The Regiment no longer was together as one unit, but was scattered over 
a large area, and the battalion sergeant majors joined their respective battalions: 
Battalion .Sergeant Major Russell M. McMahon to the First Battalion. Battalion 
Sergeant Major Raymond II. Hollenbach to the Second Battalion. Battalion 
Sergeant Major Anthony P. Davitt to the Third Battalion. 

The work in the office led us to believe that it would not be long, before we 
would take our place among the units on the front lines, and in this we were 
not disappointed. On September 8th, we pulled stakes and began a series of 
one-night stands until we reached P. C. Caesar (Hill 309) on September 14th. 
We no longer had our P. C. in a well constructed building with plenty of light 
and room to move around, but were in a little two by four shed, which only the 
night before our arrival had been pretty well demolished by "Jerry's" G. I. cans. 
It was here we received our first baptism of hre. when an enemy airplane dropped 
a few souvenirs alongside the P. C. 

On the night of September 25th, the P. C. was moved forward preparatory 
to the first attack. The ammunition of the office was carried by the office force 
and consisted of a field desk, typewriter and message books. The chief duties 
were to write messages, field orders, memoranda, and dodge G. I. cans. 

After advancing to Nantillois, where we had our last P. C, the Regiment 
was relie\-ed, and, after several days hiking, the next P. C. was established in 
one of the rooms of the Chateau at Thillombois, October 10, 1918. 

As a result of the first offensive, several changes were made in the office ; 
Battalion Sergeant Major McMahon was evacuated sick, and Corporal Woller- 
sheim succeeded him as battalion sergeant major; Private Raymond A. Gallagher 
w;is transferred to the office and made corporal. 

Regimental P. C. was established (October 29th, at Molleville Farm. The 
days lietween ( )ctober 29th and November 9th will never be forgotten by those 
in Regimental P. C. The constant and heavy shelling made communication with 
the battalions extremely difficult and the crowded condition at the P. C. made 
work in the sergeant major's office almost impossible. In addition to the regi- 
mental sergeant major and his stafY, the personnel office, orderly room of Head- 
quarters Company, message center, and intelligence group were all in a room 
hardlv large enough to accommodate the message center alone. 

The ne.xt move was to the side of a hill near Etraye. where the P. C. operated 
in a former (ierman dugout. This P. C. was even smaller than the last, and, in 
addition to the regular routine, it was frequently visited by the Brigade Com- 
mander, General Johnson, and the Division Commander, General Kuhn. 

The next move was to a series of Cierman shacks on Hill 317, southwest of 
Etraye. On November 13th, this P. C. was moved to Damvillers, and, although 
the building selected for Regimental P. C. was the largest and liest preserved 
in the town, the sergeant major was greeted by the sight of a French 155 dud 
on the floor of the room in which he was to make his office. It has never yet 
been determined just who moved this shell. While at Damvillers, one change 
was made in the personnel of the office. Private Friel being evacuated to the 
hospital and replaced by Private Clarence Brown. 

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( )n necf!iil)cr 26th, the Regiment commenced a three day march by way of 
\"er(kni and Souilly to the Souilly Area, the \\ C. being estabhshed at Chaumont- 
sur-Airc. The new year saw Regimental I'. C. operating somewhat on the 
order of the organization at Cam]) Meade; the Adjutant, Sergeant Major, Per- 
sonnel Ofifice. and Message Center each ha\ing their sej)arate rooms. ( )n 
January 3rd, I'rivate Henry F. ICrickson joined Regimental 1 lead(|uarters grou]) 
and was shortly thereafter made C()r])onil, ( iallagher was transferred 
to Com])any "L." 

1 he longest period tiial the I'. C. remained at one location was at 
Chaumont-sur-Aire, where it stayed until March 2.Sth, when it was mo\ed 
to Rimaucourt. Mere, as at Chaumont, conditions were such that each depart- 
ment could o])erate separately. The entire Regiment was billeted in barracks, 
formerly usetl as a base hospital, and conditions were very similar to those at 
Camp Meade. It may be noted in passing, that, while it was a well known fact 
that Sergeant Major .\dams recei\ed more mail than any other man in the 
Regiment, all ])re\ious records were eclijised on his arrival at Rimaucourt when 
he received ,55 letters and M pa])ers. ( )ne fact which made army life more 
agreeable during the stay at Rimaucourt, was the "Barrage" that the Red Cross 
sent to the 1'. C. group each afternoon — ])roni])tly at 2 o'clock each afternoon 
Private Brown would stop at the Red Cross I hu for the tarts, ])ies, candy, etc., 
all of which were always mighty welcome. 

( )n Ajjril 2,5rd, the I\ C. was moved to \'i-rt(iu. where it was established 
in an U])-to-date brick building after a slight discussion with the Medicil De- 

The chief occu])ation while in this town was receiving instructions from 
the S. (J. S. and Division 1 leackpLirters as to linal ins]3ections preparatory to 
leaving for the United States. .Although at limes it seemed as though instructions 
received were of a conflicting nature, in the end the Regiment was jiassed by 
all the insjiectors, and the move to .^t. Nazaire was tinallv accom])lished on 
May 12th. 

While at St. Nazaire, a P. C. was established in the Isolation Cam]), 
although the oiiK duties ])erformed consisted of dis])atching a number of large 
details ilaily to llie various sections of this Base Section Camp. 

Coqjoral Krickson was promoted to battalion sergeant major on May 9th. 
succeeding Battalion -Sergeant Major Davitt. who had been transferred to 
Bordeau.x I'niversity. This w^as the hnal change in the personnel of Regimental 

On May U)th, the P. C. was established on board the U. S. .S. Santa Rosa. 
This steamer was very a])])ro])riately nicknamed the ".'>anta Roller," and for the 
first three days it was imjjossible for the P. C. to function. The transport docked 
at Philadelphia on May ,50th, and the Regiment ])roceeded immediately to Cam]) 
Dix, where the final Regimental P. C. was established in barracks 302. Mere 
the 1 le.idquarters Detachment functioned until the demobilization of the Regi- 
nirnl on June Q, 1919. 


[•:rs()X.\i-;i, i)i-.i'.\Rr.\ii:.v 

The Personnel Dejiartment of the 31.Mh Infantry was organized June 1. 
1918, with Ca])tain Coleman P. Brown as Personnel ( )fiicer, and with an enlisted 
staff composed of Regimental Sergeant Major Norman 1-'. Humjjhreys, Sergeants 
Henry C. Scharles and James J. Furey and Cor])oral I'llmer Mooney. The force 
was small for the great mass of work re(|uired and the\- early learned that the 
Army knows no union hours. 



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A Regimextal Heahouarters Group 

But if hours seemed long back at Camp Meade, the Personnelers were to 
realize, after they reached France, what a "life of Reilly" they had led there. At 
Esnoms, they first learned what it was to work in cramped quarters and to try 
to get reports in accurately and on time with the units of the Regiment scattered 
all over the surrounding country. 

When the time came to go to the front, no one knew what should be done with 
the Personnel Department. It was still demanded that reports should come in 
on time, lint no army manual tells how typewriters shall go over the top and 
function in an offensive. However, function they did and, in the second drive, 
under heavy and continuous shell fire. 

< )n the night of the 25th of September, Sergeant Major Humphreys and 
Sergeants Scharles and Furey were located in "the Personnel Office," a little 
shanty in Normandy Woods, when "Jerry" dropped a few "G. I. Cans" in their 
midst. This token of hatred succeeded in killing four French soldiers and 
wounding a number of our own Doughboys. It was only due to the speed of 
the "Personnelers" that they are still pushing the pencil to-day. 

After the return from the Montfaucon drive. Captain Brown left the Regi- 
ment to become an instructor at the Army Candidates School at La Valbonne, 
and his place was taken by Captain Ledlie I. Laughlin. Due to the increased 
jiapcr work caused by the many casualties, each of which had to be reported in 
detail, an S. O. S. call was sent out, and Corporal Frank G. Bugglin of Company 
"L" and Private, first class, (later Corporal) "Dick" Taussig, Headquarters 
Company, came to the rescue. 

In the drive east of the Meuse, the Persoimel Department was located in 
the Regimental P. C, an old German dugout near MoUeville Farm. This P. C. 
was at all times under direct enemy observation. Within, it was divided into 
three rooms. In the back room lived and functioned the Regimental Headquarters 
detachment, the Personnel Department, the runners and the staiif cooks. Brigade 
Headquarters advised sending the Personnel Department back to Verdun on 
November 1st as the other three infantry regiments had done, but it seemed 
.ndvisalile to stay in the lines in touch with the companies, and, as a result, the 
Personnel Department later had the satisfaction of being commended by the 

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Division Personnel Adjutant tor being the first to tjit in its complete casualty 

( )n Xo\enil)er 7th when the advance conin)enced. tlu' Personnel I)c])artnient 
and the coni])any clerks were ordered back to W'rdnn where work could be 
done in some degree of safety and comfort. There, in the ancient Citadel of 
X'erdun. came the news of the signing of the .Armistice, and on .Voveniber l.ith 
the Department rejoined the Regiment at Damvillers. 

The war was over, but work never let up and finally reached its IviL'ht in 
"the madhouse" at St. Kazaire. The entire force worked all night the night of 
May 12th, and finally, on the 16th of May, the Department got its clearance and 
boarded the V. S. .S. Santa Rosa, bound at last for the ".States" and home. 



I'he Regimental Inlelligence Section of the 315th Inf.-uUry was organized at 
Camp Meade. Maryland, in June, 1918, and at the time of its organization had 
a personnel of one officer and eight enlisted men; namely. Lieutenant Robert 
TI. Lafean, Sergeants (ieorge Earnest and Charles Weiss, and Privates .\ll)ert 
Wilson. Rene (luillard, Artlinr S. Roberts. Julius Block. Henry W'hitcomb and 
John Miller. 

These men were schooled and trained as a section under Lieutenant Lafean 
until the time of their departure for France, when Lieutenant Lefean was 
transferred to the stafif of Brigadier General Rosenbaum. Upon arriving at the 
training area in the Department of Haute Marne, France, the section was put 
in charge of Lieutenant Harlow, who was afterward promoted to captain and 
appointed Regimental Intelligence Ofticer. 

While in the training area, the section attended the Di\isional Intelligence 
School at .St. Broingt le Bois for a period of ten days. Here it received instruc- 
tion in reconnaissance, jjanoramic sketching, map reading, orientation and every- 
thing that pertained to the intelligence work. At this time, Privates Strinck and 
Browcr were attached to the unit for instruction. At the close of the school 
they were retained as part of the Regimental Intelligence personnel. On the 
return of the section to the training area, the work learned at school was 
rehearsed tij) until the time of departure for the front. 

C]ion their arrival in the trenches, the members of the section were assigned 
their observation post (O. P.), one of the three in the Fa\ry .Sector. This O. P. 
had been christened Suzy and was situated about two kilometers in advance of 
I Till 309, where the Regimental P. C. was established. The members of the 
section experienced considerable difficulty in getting to ( ). P. .Snzy. as it was 
located in an old abandoned trench which was filled knee-dee]) with mud and 
w^ater. From this observation post a view of No Man"s Land was obtained 
that once seen could never be forgotten. It commanded an excellent view of 
Dead Man's Hill ( Le Mort Ilomme) and Hill 304. two historic spots in one of 
the greatest battles in history, the Battle of X'erdun. Directly in the foreground, 
on an eminence, was Montfaucon some nine kilometers away, a shell-shattered 
village, but still imposing and picturesiiue. Through the telescope could be 
observed the haughty enemy walking the mined streets of the village, and the 
five observers in the Regimental Intelligence Section were five of the few men 
who actually saw the arrogant (Icrmans passing their last days in the celebrated 
stronghold of Montfaucon. 

The Regimental Intelligence Section, as it functioned in actual warfare, 
was composed of observers, map men and linguists. The duty of the observers 


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was, as the name implies, observation. The map men were required to be able 
lo read by means of co-ordinates any location on the ma]) and to mark upon it 
.nil sectors held or to be taken by any jjarticular unit. It was also required that 
they mark on the map our emplacements and supposed enemy emplacements. 
The linguists had the duty of questioning prisoners to acquire information of 
enemy activities and order of Iwttle, and also of obtaining information from and 
co-o])erating with the Erench. 

The Intelligence Section functioned normally throughout the first dri\e and 
accompanied the Regiment into the Troyon sector, where it performed the 
usual duties that fell to its lot in stabilized warfare. In the first days of the 
second drive in the Grande Alontagne sector, the Section had an ( ). P. danger- 
ously near "Jerry," and its members had an exceptional view of his antics. 
Through their large telescope the Section observers had the pleasure of seeing 
the Germans nio\e liag and baggage out of the Etraye Valley to the hills east of 
Damvillers. The signing of the armistice found the Section on the top of "Corn 
Willie" Hill, and the morning of the 11th of November was celel)rated by eating 
"corn willie," followed by a pleasant walk through the valley, where, but a few 
minutes before, death and destruction had been the order of the day. 

After the armistice, the Section was located at Damvillers where it assisted 
returning refugees, who passed through the town on the way to ruined homes 
that had been in the hands of the (lermans for over four years. The remainder 
of the time spent in France fomid the members of the Section busy billeting for 
the Regiment, settling claims, drawing maps for the many maneuvers, and 
straightening out difficulties that arose from time to time with the civilians and 
French authorities. 

In concluding this brief history of the Intelligence Section, its members wish 
to express their appreciation of the eft'orts of Captain Alfred (j. Harlow, who 
ever shared their tribulations and who gloried in their successes. He proved a 
true friend at all times and will always have the sincere regard of the members 
of the Regimental Intelligence Section. 


As has been mentioned in the first part of this history, both Colonel Rosen- 
liaum and Captain Awl were very anxious to have the first Regimental band in 
Camp Aleade. Not only did they desire to have the first but also the best Ixuid 
in the camp, and the best could not be organized without a capable leader. 
Captain Awl lost no time, but proceeded to Pottsville, Pennsylvania, on Septem- 
ber 18, 1917, and secured the services of Mr. Joseph C. Painter as bandleader 
of the 315th Infantry. Mr. Painter immediately undertook to organize a band, 
and before jjroceeding to Camp Meade he secured from Pottsville and the neigh- 
l>oring towns, by voluntary enlistment, the services of nine musicians. These 
nine "Coal Crackers," who arrived in Camp Meade on September 24, 1917, 
together with fourteen other musicians who were discovered the following 
day among the various recruit contingents that had already arrived in Camp, 
formed the nucleus of the 315th Infantry Band. 

The Band soon developed to a high state of efficiency and the Sunday 
concerts at Regimental Headquarters were enjoyed by thousands of visitors. 
The Baltimore newspapers highly complimented the Band at the time of its 
appearance in the Division Parade in that city, and its reputation was such that 
on several occasions it was called upon to play outside of line of duty, notal;)ly : 
three days at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, four days at the armory 
in Baltimore in connection with "Over the Top" in the Third Liberty Loan 

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Campaij,'!!, aiul also in the Kcil Cross parade in Baltimore in which it had the 
honor of leading the column. 

W'illiam J. Lupton was a])])ointed Sergeant l-'u<jler on (October 1, 1917. He 
gave the Band military training and drill so that it developed not only as a 
musical organization under .Mr. I'ainter hut also as a tactical unit. Knowing 
the value of a bugle corps playing in combination with the Band and the added 
effect, both in \ohnne and brilliancy, "Ha|)])y" Lupton lost no time in securing 
the necessary drums and bugles, so that the v?15th Infantry had the honor not 
only of having the first band but also the first bugle corps in Camp Meade. 

When the Regiment arrived at its training area in France, the Band was 
billeted with Regimental Headquarters at Esnoms. There, in addition to its work- 
as a musical organization, it was given drill and instruction in "first aid" and 
litter bearing. ])reparatory to going to the front. 

During the ])eriod at Esnoms, Bandleader I'ainter was ordered to proceed 
to Paris to take an examination for commission as Band Leader. The examina- 
tion was conducted by the world famous Walter Damrosch, and Mr. Painter 
was one of the few who passed successfully. He was commissioned Second 
Lieutenant. Band Leader, L^. S. Army, 16, 1918. 

When the Regiment took over the trenches in Sector .^04, all instruments 
were salvaged, and the Band ceased to exist as a musical organization until 
after the armistice, exce])t for a short time while the Regiment was in the Troyon 
sector. Unlike the bands of other fighting units, it did not remain in the rear 
but was divided into two sections, f)ne under Assistant Bandleader \'an Tuyl 
and the other under -Sergeant Lupton. Its members furnished the Regiment in 
the front line trenches with rations and ammunition. When orders were received 
for the big oflfensive to begin on September 26, 191S, the Band was redivided 
into \arious sections. A burial detail was in charge of Chaplain Lancaster and 
Lieutenant Painter. The other members were on water and ration details, while 
some acted as litter bearers. The Band continued to ])erform duties similar to 
those just mentioned until after the signing of the armistice. Shortly after the 
cessation of hostilities it was again gathered together as a musical organization. 



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( )n November 16, 191cS. while stationed at Damvillers, the Band suffered a 
temporary loss when Lieutenant Painter was ordered to proceed to Chaumont- 
sur-Marne to officiate as an instructor at the school for bandleaders of the 
American Expeditionary Forces. This was a distinct honor for the Band and 
more so for Lieutenant Painter, who was selected because of his demonstrated 
aljility as an instructor and leader of military bands. Lieutenant Painter rejoined 
the Regiment February 2. 1919. During his absence, the Band was under the 
leadersJiip and direction of Sergeants Reynolds, L'hl and Schultz. 

The following promotions and ap])ointments of non-commissioned officers of 
the Band Section were made in France: Band Corporal Harry A. Shoop and 
Hugh y. Ward were promoted to band sergeants; Musician Lewis Levick was 
appointed band sergeant. Musicians Mateo Del Vecchio. Harry C. Cooper, Ralph 
R. Seiberling and John J. Telnak were appointed band corporals. 



The Cannon I'latoon took shape as a separate unit of Headquarters Com- 
pany on May 5, 1918, under the command of Lieutenant Ledlie I. Laughlin and 
Sergeants Evan J. Rosser, William H. Carroll, Jr., and Harry H. Pflugfelder. 
At first there was no equipment, but a complete gun and caisson were soon 
afterwards received from France, aiul great was the interest in the new toy. 

Under the instruction of Lieutenant Willard, who had returned from a 
course of instruction at Fort Sill, the Platoon learned to handle this accurate little 
weapon eiTiciently. Time passed. The Division sailed for France, and in the 
training area at Esnoms, the men of the Platoon learned to know and depend 
on each other and to know thoroughly each one's work. ( )n the night of the 
2Sth of September, the Platoon was ordered to report to the C. O., Third Bat- 
talion, and to be prepared to go into action with the Trench Mortar Platoon, 
imder Lieutenant Maguire, attached as ammunition carriers for the Cannon 

At daybreak on September 26, 19 IS, the Platoon went "over the top" in rear 
of Company "K," the support comjjany on the right of the Regimental sector. 
From the very start, mules, caissons and wheels had to be left behind and the 
guns and ammunition carried by hand through barbed wire, shell holes and 
marshes. Late that afternoon, when the Division had been held up by machine 
gun tire, the one-pounders on the extreme right of the Division sector found their 
first live target above Malancourt, and Sergeant Rosser's crew put a Boche 
machine gun out of action. This permitted a company of the ,i.Sth Infantry (4th 
Division) on our right to move forward and Iirought fortli thanks from a 
lieutenant of that company. 

On the 27th, the guns moved forward with the Third Battalion to the crest 
abo\e Septsarges without an opportunity to fire. On the 28th, when the Regi- 
ment went forward through a heavy artillery barrage into Nantillois, the Cannon 
Platoon was still with the su]jport company of the Third Battalion — "M" Com- 
pany now — with Sergeant Pflugfelder's crew leading, the other two in reserve. 
Here the Platoon received its first casualty, when Pri\ate Friday was badly 

( )n the morning of the 29th, when a final attack was made on the enemy 
jiositions around Madeleine Farm, the forward gun supported the attack, firing 
at a building in the woods which was known to conceal a machine gun nest. 
Here the last of the ammunition was used up. After the 3rd Division had made 
the relief that afternoon, the long weary hike back to Camp Civile commenced. 

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UK Caxxiin Platoon. Chamtiox Gun Ckew ok the Xintu Ak.\n 
CoRi's Shown at Left of Picture 

P>efore going l)ack again into the line, several changes occurred in tlie personnel 
of the Platoon. Lieutenant l.aughlin was promoted and made Regimental Personnel 
Officer, and Sergeants Pflugfelder and Rosser were sent to Officers Training Schools. 
leaving Sergeant Carroll in command of the Platoon, wdiich was filled again to strengtli 
hy new drafts. 

October .3()tli fciund the .guns in reserve near tlie Regimental P. C. at Molleville 
Farm. .\t 8:IX} P. M. that day. Major Pierson. commandin.g the First Battalion, called 
for the one-pounders. One gun was sent forward in conimand of Corporal Stead. 
The only way open was through Death Valley, which certainly lived u)) to its name 
that night. The shell lire was terrific and the night hlack as ink. Of the eleven who 
started forward, oidy three reached the front line uninjured. 

During the next few days the gun was used with effect in local operations. On 
Xovemher 7th. tlie gun was withdrawn and the Platoon ordered to support the 316th 
Infantry, which moved forward with little resistance to Etraye. Here the one-pounders 
again went into action and tlie Platoon lost a splendid soldier and capalile leader, when 
Ser.geant Carroll was killed Iiy an H. F. sliell a he was rei)orting to Major Pierson. 
commander of the First I'attalion. 

On Xovemher 11th. the little .guns and their crews were mancmcriiig for a posi- 
tion to cover the advance, when, at 11 o'clock, word was received that the armistice 
had heen signed and hostilities ceased. 

On Xovemher 14th. Lieutenant W'illard. returning from hospital, took conimand 
of the Platoon. In the Thanksgiving Day parade, the Platoon took first prize among 
the many competitors, with a ver}- artistic tableau arranged by Corporal Pietro Ciavarra. 

One other series of triumphs for the one-pounders must he mentioned in closing. 
The Platoon took ribbons in its class in P.rigadc, Division and Corps horse shows. 
Sergeant McLaughlin's crew taking the Blue Ribbon in the 9th Corps Show for ap- 
pearance and condition of personnel. ei|uipment and speed in .going into action. Tlie 
only re.gret is that there was no .\. E. 1". horseshovv to com[)ete in — Xo more worlds 
to con<|iter. 


The .Mounted .Section of Headquarters Compain- was organized in early October. 
1917 It was composed originally of two sergeants: Sergeants Fdniund Miller, ex- 
U. S. cavalryman, and George ( VV'hoop-em-up ) Stevens, who was formerly a cow- 
puncher in the West. Later, the followdng men were added: Charles Riley, a familiar 
ligure to the patrons of the race tracks of United States and Canada. Tliomas Reeder. 
John West, Flmer Rabiger and IClmer Sullivan. Tlie Section was built up gradually 


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The Mounted Section 

as tlie Regiment developed, and included men trcim many walks of life anil \arying 
nationalities. There were Tony Palmitesta, who had seen service in the Italian Cavalry, 
Tony Corosanite. another son of "Sunny" Italy, also an ex-cavalryman, William M. 
Smith, Joseph McNeills, Jacob Sholderer, Charles Wicker (an ex-"gob"), Julian Le- 
Fevre (ex-cowpuncher ), John Lear, William Stier, John S. Carney (Izzy, the Ranch- 
man), and John Quinn (ex-Philadelphia Mountetl "Cop"). These were the original 
men of the Mounted Section. 

The training of the Section was held up to a great degree owing to the fact that 
no saddles were issued during the first few months in camp. The horses and men, 
Iinwever. were kept in trim through long hours of "monkey-drilling." About this time 
the Baltimore Parade was being boomed. As the plans for the parade developed, it be- 
came evident that saddles were necessary if the Section was to take part. Hurry or- 
ders and requisitions were speedily filled, and all necessary equipment was issued April 
1, 1918. April 4th saw the Mounted Section on the march to Baltimore where the 
parade was to be held. The Section was highly praised by the Commanding Officer 
for the splendid appearance and good horsemanship shown on both march and parade. 

On April 15th, 1918, Corporal Louis Heim was promoted to sergeant. Lieutenant 
Maguire was transferred to the Trench Mortar Platoon, leaving the Section without a 
commissioned officer, but under the command of Sergeant Heim, who made an able 

The Section finally reached France and was located in the little village of Esnoms. 
Here it was supplied by the most discouraging lot of horses that a troop ever topped. 
There were ten big Belgium draft horses, weigliing about 1,400 pounds and built like 
freight cars, with two smaller ones which liad Iieen gassed in the French service. 
.Shortly after its arrival in France, the Mounted Section was broken up and its various 
members were attached to different liattalions, brigades, etc. The work of the Mounted 
Section continued along the line mentioned until after the signing of the .\rmistice. 
At Damvillers and Chaumont-sur-Aire new mounts were issued. 

On April 13, 1919. when the Division was transferred from the Ninth Army Corps 
to the S. O. S., all horses were turned in to the liig A. E. F. Remount Section at Nevers. 
This was a sad day for the Mounted Section, for, from this time on, all its riding was 
done on hobnails. It was quite a joke among the other members of the Comiiany. 
When they passed one of the Alounted Section they wovdd jokingly say "Shoulder a 
gun like tlie other Doughboys, for your goldbricking days are over." 


The organization of the Pioneer Platoon was completed on May 5, 1918, when 
Headquarters Company was reorganized into platoons of specialists. For the first few- 

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weeks, the training of the Pioneers was exactly the same as tliat for rifle companies, 
but later was clianged to include digging of trenches, building shelters, dugouts, stand- 
ings, drains, sumps, bridges, etc. 

While at Camp Meade, the I'latoim was called ujjon several times to put into 
practice the things it had studied in the way of construction. It built trenches, dug- 
outs, bayonet courses, also the corral that surrounded the 315th Infantry staldes. For 
the latter piece of work the Platoon was higlily commended l)y Colonel Rosenbaum. 

The Platoon reached France and finally Esnoms, its home in the Tenth Training 
Area. Lieutenant Hingman was in command most of the time while at Esnoms. "Uncle 
Bing" was well liked and the Platoon regretted his leaving just before going into ac- 
tion. He was succeeded b\' Lieutenant W illard lor whom the boys had the highest 
respect and re.garil. The training at l'!!snoms was continued along tlie same lines as 
started at Camp .Meade. 

When the Regiment took over Favry sub-sector (Sector 304). a S(iuad of the Pio- 
neers was sent to each of the three battalions: the remaining sepiads were left on duty 
at Regimental P. C. The details sent to the trenches were very busy during their entire 
stay there. The trenches were in a deploralile condition, having deteriorated during 
the four years of occupancy by tlie French. They had to be revetted, sumps dug and 
duck-walks built in order to make them habitable. When orders were received for 
the big offensive to begin on the 26th, the Platoon was assemliled for the purpose of 
cutting lanes through the masses of wire entanglements, so that the infantry would 
not be retarded in the attack. For two nights the Platoon, divided into six teams, cut 
their way through wire from the outposts to the advance P. C. at trench "Gabriel." On 
the morning of the attack, liehind a barrage of smoke bombs, the details continued their 
work of wire-cutting through "No Man's Land" up to the trenches occupied by the 
Germans. During this period the platoon was affectionately called the "Meat Hangers" 
by its platoon commander. During the attack, the Pioneers were called upon to per- 
form such various duties as preparing P. C.'s, constructing drains, carrying ammuni- 
tion, evacuating wounded and liringing rations to the front. On September 30tli, 
Sergeant Howard LeQuin was placed in command of the Platoon after Lieutenant 
Willard had been wounded and evacuated to a hospital. 

-At the second time the Regiment went into tlie lines, the Platoon was greatly 
depleted. The work was very similar to that of the first offensive. The members func- 
tioned mainly as runners, burying details, ammunition carriers, ration details and gas 

Upon the si.gning of the armistice and the withdrawal of the Re.giment from the 
lines, the Platoon was assend)led with the rest of Headquarters Company at Damvillers. 
Here it was kei)t busy constructing stables, billets, sheds, etc. In addition, it partici- 
pated in many maneuvers, terrain exercises, parades, review-s and close order drill. From 
then on until the final demobilization of the 315th Infantry at Camp Dix, the Pioneer 
Platoon functioned normally with Headquarters Compan\', putting forth at all times 
its best efforts to further the interests of the Regiment. 


The Signal Platoon was organized May S, 1918, and consisted of experienced men, 
such as electrical, telephone and wireless workers under the command of Lieutenant 
Francis A. Chidsey. There were a few weeks of intensive training at Camp Meade before 
sailing for F'rance. on radio, telephone, buzzerphone, blinker lights, wire laying, and 
other means of communication, as well as on a general line of signal work. 

Upon arrival in the training area overseas, the Signal Platoon was billeted with 
the Company in F.snoms for about a week and was then sent to Isomes on July 29, 
1918, for special training in signalling and all its various branches. This training at 
Isomes included liaison contests, in which the signal platoons of the four infantry 
regiments of the Division took part. The 315th Infantry si,gnalmen proved their su- 
])eriority over the other signal platoons by winning all contests, wdiich were held un- 
der tlie supervision of officers of the 3()4th b'ield Signal Battalion. .-Xfter the comple- 
tion of this course at Isomes. the Platoon returned to the Company at Esnoms and 
started training for both defensive and offensive warfare. 

\\ hen the Company arrived at Camp Civile on September 13th, the Platoon was 
divideil into four sections with a sergeant in charge of each section. A small detach- 





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meiit of men from tlie 304th Field Signal Battalion was also attached to each section. 
These sections were distrilmted throughout the Regiment, one to each battalion and 
one to Regimental lleadquarters. "Jerr3'" paid the Regiment a number of visits in his 
bombing planes during the stay in Sector 304, and on the thn-d day in the trenches the 
Signal Platoon suffered its first casualty when Private Harry P. Boland was hit in the 
leg by a shell fragment and later evacuated to the hospital. 

At last, after thirteen days of anxious waiting for zero hours, our troops finally 
went over the top, and the situation changed from trench to open warfare. Owing to 
the rapid advance of the infantry, it soon became evident that runners and teleplione 
would be the only means of liaison possible to use, and, as the telephone stations were 
open for only a brief period, it was necessary for members of the Signal Platoon to 
carry on their backs quantities of heavy equipment such as reels of wire, telephones, 
switchboards, storage batteries and so on. 

During the first two days of the drive, the members of the Platoon were kept on 
the jump, day and night, installing new lines and patrolling and repairing the lines 
already established. On the morning of the third day, September 28th, all the trench 
equipment tliat could not be used in open warfare was salvaged. Later that same day, 
the Regimental P. C. was advanced to Nantillois, and again the move required the lay- 
ing of a great many new lines. The lines suffered a great deal from enemy shell-fire 
and reciuired cinistant patrolling day and night to keep up the service. In this work 
the men were harrassed by the fire of enemy snipers, and searching parties made up 
of signalmen and men from other platoons were sent out to put the German sharpshoot- 
ers to rout. After combing the woods, they finally succeeded in stopping the fire 
and brought in three prisoners. 

On September 30th, the Regiment was relieved and the Platoon was ordered to 
rejoin Headquarters Company. After a five day hike, Thillombois was reached, where 
Regimental Headquarters was established during the stay of the 315th Infantry in the 
Troyon sector. While stationed at Thillomliois, the efficient leader of the Signal 
Platoon, Lieutenant Chidsey, was returned to the United States as an instructor in 
liaison work. He was succeeded by Sergeant Paul B. Jenkins, who had already been 
recommended for a commission. 

The Platoon again started for the front on October 25th, but this time greatly 
reduced in strength, there being only 33 men all told. Before going into the line, the 
Platoon was again divided into four sections and assigned to the various battalions 
and Regimental Headquarters. On this occasion, however, there were no men fur- 

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iiEAi)yL"ARri-:RS a ).mi'.\xy 

iiislied li}- llif ,?04tli licld Signal Battalion. Thf Kcginicnt touk over its new scctur 
on the night of October 29th under very heavy shell lire, and at the same time the 
nienil)ers of the Signal Platoon took over the three telephones and erne switch-board 
which had already been established in the sector. 

In the Gran<le Montagne sector the front line llattalion V. C. was sitnaled a great 
distance from Regimental P. C a fact which necessitated Inies being strung directly 
through what was known as "Death Valley." This particular spot was under con- 
tinuous shell-lire, lioth gas and high explosive, and this Hoche "strafifing" made the 
valley very dangerous as well as being exceedingly destructive to the lines. Efforts 
W'ere made from time to time to run lines by different routes, one of which ran 
as far as a mile nut of the direct course, luit all to no avail. The enemy shell lire was 
too heavy. 

By stringing the wire on trees and poles, anil also by establishing relay stations. 
lines from the Kegmiental P. C. to the different battalions were maintained and ex- 
tended. These lines were being constantly broken by shell-lire. and. as the ni.ghts were 
intensely dark, linemen going out to patrol and repair the hues had to run every inch 
of wire through their hands until they found the break. Laying a raincoat on one end. 
they would star! out in search of tlie other end of the break, and this would usually 
be found about .TO or -4(1 leet away, (lltentimes this rejiair work had to he done during 
a gas attack. 

The Regimental 1'. C. advanced on Xcjvember 9th. following the retreat of the 
enemy, and was located on the side of a hill near Etraye. Xew lines were laid from 
this position to the various outposts and observation stations. The follow-ing days 
the lines were extended, and it was while directing one of these extensions on the morn- 
ing of November 11th that the Regiment lost one of its bravest members. Sergeant 
Paul B. Jenkins, who made the supreme sacrifice in the last lew minutes of hostilities. 

-After the armistice, the Platoon rejoined the Company at Damvillers and again 
upheld its rei)utation by establishing and maintaining a system of telephone commiuii- 
cation with the surrounding villages occupied by the units of the 79th Division. It 
was here that the Platoon was again filled to its original strength by drawing from 
tlie rifle companies. In a shtirt time tlie signalmen were liard at work constructing an 
electric light sjstem for the shell-wrecked town of Damvillers, motors, generators and 
other equipment being salvaged from a (jerman camp nearby. 

W hen the Regiment moved to Chaumont-sur-.-\ire. the Signal Platoon was .given 
the task of operating a commercial system of telephones. One hundred and fifty lines 
were run into a I'rench-American switch-board, thus making possible communication 
with all the principal cities in France. Radio communication w-as also used extensively 
and met with such success as to receive commendation from I'rigadier General Johnson. 

T)ip Signal Platoon continued its work in the manner outlined right up to the tinal 
demobilization of the Regiment at Camp Dix on June 9th. 1919. but let not the reader 
belie\e that running telephone lines, constructing electric li.gbt jiosts and maintaining 
all forms of communication w-as the only sort of w-ork that the Signal Platoon engaged 
in. Terrain exercises, maneuvers, inspections, parades and scpiads cast and west all fell 
to the lc)t of the 315th Infantrj- signalmen, just as they did to all other members in 
the great brotherhood of American Doughboj-s. 


On May 5. 1918. ten men from each company in the Regnnent were transferred to 
Headquarters Company in order to bring that organization to full war strength, pre- 
parator)' to sailing for l^'rance. When these men arrived and the Company was at full 
strength, the (|ualification cards were gone over and the men organized into platoons. 
Thus the Trench Mortar Platoon came into e.xistence. The men were carefully selected 
and each was uttc or less of a specialist. 

The study of the trench mortar, or Stokes Mortar as it was called, was made un- 
der the able tutelage of Lieutenant Bingman. who admitted that "S(|uads east" and 
"squads west" would not win the war and that each man should train and become a 
specialist. The study of gun and range estimation was foimd to be a pleasant task and 
the Platoon developed rai)idly. In the middle of May, Lieutenant Maguire was assigned 
to the Trench Mortar Platoon. Lieutenant Bingman taking charge of the Pioneer Platoon. 

Finally came the movement overseas, and the training area. Esnonis. was reached. 
A hard schedule was drawn up, and for five weeks the "Bombers" went through the 
most rigid kind of training. On September 8th. about 4:(K1 .\. M.. orders were received 
at the different billets that all bedsacks should be emptied, packs made U]). an<l every- 
thing made ready for a cpiick move. There was great hustle and bustle, and in short 

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and n;LcirerS\v1er:^V^r'Bif &a?;el"";:;^rd" °' ^'" P'^r" "'^-"^ -'"'-' packs 

of amnunmjon an.l eighteen (18) one-pound sheHs. to k4e,7prce whh Je T„ "nt v "' 
boys^ co.Ud not dislod.e"d;e^ Tnen"/, X hld^r i^'rai' ^^si/i^on^'^^ '^^'^=^"^'-' •■°""-'^'^- 

a rest camp Tie Bon et^ff^^^^^^ ^"^''-^ ^"^"^ "'^''^'''^ '^^'^'^ *« 

three of which resulted In deaths ^ ^ on the.r hrst visit to the front, 

vvher?: r^Tti,^g7eHo'fVa".t'e;t'd ^^''='^''"'='-'' '"'' ''""' "'"'^ '" Thillomhois. 
the linfc "^"""g period was given and things were put in shape for the next trin to 

ammunition thr"uol Death Vall^v w^l . of moving the guns and 1,500 rounds of 

work the Trench ^}j;^'V^?^l^ ^^ ^v^r'^Sl^^ ^;e ^\:;:^ri^-'^anlf-:;;j 


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detonated in a little wooden shack just above Molleville Farm, while enemy shells 
breaking all around rather spurred than retarded the work. 

By 5 o'clock on the morning of November 4th, the Trench Mortar Platoon had 
accomplished what seemed impossible, and on the minute of five the Stokes barrage 
was falling in the woods infested by the Boche. On the entire battalion front the 
Trench Mortar Platoon was brought into play. The rapid movement of the Platoon 
was greatly aided by carrying parties from the Third Battalion. 

The 314th Infantry took over the sector on November Sth, and the Trench Mortar 
Platoon was ordered to support the 316th Infantry, which was receiving terrihc losses 
from enemy machine gunners. Rumors were current that the Armistice would soon 
be in effect, but this in no way interfered with the Bombers, who were functioning 
as they never had before. They arrived on the scene, and, as the}' had everything 
in readiness, no time was lost and the shells were soon falling on the enemy's lines, 
the Boche grudgmgly giving up ground. After its work was accomplished, the Platoon 
reported back to the new Regimental P. C. which had been established below Etraye. 

At night the Supply Company brought up some much-needed trench mortar am- 
munition, and the men set to work cleaning their guns and detonating the shells. 
However, there was no necessity for throwing over another barrage, as the memorable 
day of Novendier 11th was on hand, and with it came the end of the great war. 

Following the Armistice the Platoon moved into the ruined town of Damvillers. 
There, all the famous engagements were fought over again in the form of 
battalion and regimental maneuvers. Thus was our time spent in and around the ruins 
of Damvillers. Christmas Day was not like one at home, but there was a certain spirit 
of good-will and cheer that helped to hll out the program. 

The next day all moved out and after a three day hike settled down in Chaumont- 
sur-Aire. There the Platoon was reorganized, close order drill and inspections again 
came into vogue, and we were once again in the .\rmy. There it was, also, that the 
Platoon received trench mortar carts and the added care of twelve (12) horses. This 
work relieved the Platoon of the necessity of the scjuad drill and the manual of arms, 
and all interest was diverted to the care of the carts and the animals. After a three 
months' stay at Chauniont, the company moved to Rimaucourt. where all horses, carts 
and eciuipment were turned in. Lieutenant Borbidge assumed charge of the Platoon 
there. From Rimaucourt. the move to Vertou was made and then to the U. S. S. Saiitii 
Hiixii at St. Nazaire. 

The trip across the Atlantic passed quickly enough, and on May 30th. the Platoon 
arrived once more in the old U. S. A. A quick journey to Camp Dix. a few days hustle 
and bustle about the discharge center, and at last the long awaited day arrived — on 
June 9, 1919. the last of the Bombers were discharged and tlie Trench Mortar Platoon 
passed to its final resting place in the files of the War Department. 



Roster of Headquarters Company 

September 1, 1918 

l.i-<llii- I. I.auKhli?! 


Edward J\. Masnire 


War.) W. rii-is 

,^aiiuiel II. AdauiK 
Norman E. Humphreys 

.Tr.s4'|»h R. Ringman Joseph C. Painter 

Franiis A. Chidse.v Russell M. Willard 

Authon.v I'. Pavitt 
Raymond E. HoUenbaeh 
Russell M. McMahou 

Aathiiny S. T.vliski 

Ralph I. Van Tuyl 

•Tfilni .1. Campbell 
Robert Simpson 

.Toseph R. BrtHiks 
George E. S. Earnest 
.James J, Furey 

Albert v.. Andrews 
Albert J. Barnes 
Carl F. Bauer 
Vietor P. Cook 
.Toliii P, Deneen 
John Dougherty 
Joseph C. Friekie 

Beniard F. Gallen 

William J. Lnptou 

Ge<jrge H. Gennett 

Edwaril P. Golden Howard Le Quinn 

T.fuiis S. Heim 
Paul B. Jenkins 

Elwood 3. McBride 
Evan J. Rosser 


Ralph Goblwater 
Joel W. Greentield 
Raymond O. Heist 
Charles J. Keller 
John Lipsett 
William McCartney 

Joseph V, MeNellis 
Carl R. Martin 

Elmer Mo v 

Earnest N. Mit<hell 
Charles B. Reilly 
Alban E, Samuel 

Frank Reynolds 

Edmniul B. Miller 

Henry C. Srharles 
Charles J. Weiss 

John H. Schaffer 
Edward J. Sheridan 
Chance L. Spering 
Ra.ymond A, Wert 
Harry G. C. AVilliams 
Andrew WoUersheim 

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I-nzariis II. Hniwn 
William s.'lxTina 
Hurry A. Slmop 
Hut-Ii J, Ward 

James A. lirci-n 
Harry C. (Viopcr 
KImcr W. t'ressinaii 

Roster of Headquarters Company-Contim; 

LniKi Sanlosold 
Ji.liii W. Slahl 

Matico Del Veci-hii. 
Jucoi) L'hl 
Walter E. Wood 

diaries Fensterniaeher 
Harry J. V. Freas 
BdKar F. Hand 

William 1). 
Tony S. Lneera 
Frank H. iMerz 


Charles P. EUv(dI 
Earl Kirst 
Benjamin W. .Mille 

Harry W. Hell 
Julius T. Bloeh 
Harry n. Bolnnd 
Ceorf^e Bradley 
Norman Brower 
Charles Cafanaeli 
Jaeol) Cohen 
William J. Conran 
Antonio Corosanite 
Matthew It. Czarnecki 
John A. Eisele 
Earl F. Ford 
John F. Fo.\ 
Tluunas J. (.Jalligan 
John Garraty 

Manriio li. Ahrauis 
Harry T. Althofer 
Charles Balie 
Edward l!a<'kert 
William H. Heeker 
Walter F. Hehr 
John S. Bellerjeau 
James E. Beissel 
William II. Bertolet 
.\lhert H. liirkenniaier 
Raymond (i. Billerheck 
Wesley G. Boyd 
Terrente J. Bowden 
Thomas J. Brannigan 
<:lenn W. Brosius 
Frank llnckley 
Stanley Bndney 
Horaee Bnmm 
Clarenee W. Carnahau 
I'ietro Ciavarra 

Anthony F. Clapper 

Alexander D. Clark 

Joseph B. Clarke 

James C. Clineff 

John F. J. Conway 

Joseph F. Coyne 

Sanniel .\. Craig 

Todil A. Crofford 

I'eter Dane 

Frank Davis 

Robert II. Davis 

Frank H. DeLori 

John B. Dempsey 

Charles G. Dewees 

Edward M. Donnhoe 

James Dougherty 

William J. DouKherty 

Norman K. Esolf 

Sidney K. Egolf 

Riehard R. Elliott 

John V. Ensslen 

Jewel Fairbaiik 

Chester Fasiek 

Michael J. Fern 

William ("'. PMtzgerald 

Robert J. Ford 

lliirr.v Forkner 

William S. Burton 
Everett Griltith 
Earnest Krallis 

Frank Augustyn 
Frank B. Christensnn 
Frank I'. Fehr 
Ord Fletrher 

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Harry E. S<-hroeder 
Harrison M. .Snyder 
.Michael B. Trodden 


Harry H. Amnmn 
Howard K. Barnes 
Richard J. Canavnn 


.\iii:nst W, Crcl,,. 
John C. Grciomc- 
Charles F. Orueber 
Rene Guillard 
George A. Guthernian 
J<»hn Hagan 
Joseph E. Ileini 
John F. Hines 
Charles .\. Keating 
Walter H. Kellv 
WaltcT E. Latubs 
William .\. Lewis 
John C. Loeh 
Wilson .McCancnc'ss 
William A. .Mctilynn 

Charles A. .Mc-l.anghlin 
August .\. Marki-rt 
John H. Miller 
William J. Mooni^y 
George V. M(U-ris " 
John 1'. Nixon 
Elmer A. Norris 
Ralph Peters 
Frank Quinn 
John F. Qninn 
Edward M. Reese 
Arthur S. Roberts 
Elton S. Ruth 
.John F. Sc-hnltz 
Myer M. Sehwerin 

John A. Fox 

John L. Freas 

Joseph Friday 

Charles I. Friednnin 

John F. Friel 

John Gearv 

William T. Gilbert 

Charles W. Greentrc-e 

Patric-k Griffin 

Herbert H. Grob 

Arthur (inv 

Cluirles Ilafner 

Clyde IT. Hahn 

Floyd B. Hall 

Willian> A. Hall 

Rcdand R. Hamilton 

Charles F. Hardie 

William A. Hartranfl 

Fergus R, Hassard 
Walter E. Heine 
William J. HellcT 
Earl,- R. Ilit.hner 
William Ilober 
Wilbur R. Iloc-ltzid 
Samuel Hood 

Ad h K. Iloran 

Ahmze Hotz 
Leonard R. Howes 
Wiliain P. Hunt 
Edward Hunter 
Alulrea Innaurato 
Ro.v E. Johnson 
Joseph B. Jones 
Charles J. KamnuTer 
Charles Kappel 
Carl E. Karris 
John J. Keating 
Mark M. Kelly 
John J, Kenney 
Thomas F. Kennev 
Martin A. Kilpatriek 
Walter F. Klingenhafer 
Frederick G. Knott 
Charles A. Koenig 
Samuel Kosniin 
George E. Kraeiner 


Charles E. Kurzc-nknabe 
Paul R. Lansing 
Nicholas N. Larkins 
A alentine A. Laufer 
William J. Lawlcr 
Alvin Laws 
John P. I>eamev 
John A. P. Lear 
Charles L. Lefferts 
Louis Levick 
David Lindsay 
John B. .Mc-Caugbtrv 
Frank L. .\tcGralh 
Alfred G. Mctjuate 
James M. MaeChiy 
Charles H. Maier 
Thomas B. .Mallov 
Frank J. Marchctti 
Frank X. Martin 

Abraham Martwoy 

Morris B, Mcuitz 

Thomas Miecznic-k 

Fred P. Morgen 

David E. Mover 

Frank J. Miilc-uhy 

John .Mnlcahy 

George A. .Miilvey 

George W'. Mvers 

Clarence T. Nash 

Albert A. Neely 

Wilbour .M. Nilwuar 

Harry R. Noniiemaker 

Thomas F. O'Rourke 

Antonio Palmetista 

Albert II. I'fatT 

Wladyslius Pmkakski 

Thomas F. Purcell 

John A. Quinn 

Harry Rabinowitz 

Anthony J. Rafferlv 

Thomas A. Recdi-r 

Samuel S. Revel 

Lennie Romine 

.VIphons Rockelmnn 

.\lvin Rutter 

Frank W. Savacool 

Joined as Replacements— October 26, 1918 

John F 
John M, Dc-rn 

Kremutes Carl J. McMahon 

Clyde C. Tarpine 


August L. Sand 
Samuel J. Sander 
Cecil R. stone 

Peter Hansen 
.\nion Kalinowski 
Charles G. Pappas 

.\Ioysius P. Schmidt 
Ralph R. Seiberllng 
George W. Tholmis 

Jacob Sholderer 

Charles W. C. Smilli 
John L. Smith 
Guiseppe Spadafora 
Earnest SteacI 
Louis Stefan 
Elnjer J. Sullivan 
William .M. Sullivan 
Harry E. Tigimr 
John W. Townlev 
W'illiam'.r C. Walsh 
Henry W. Whitcouih 
Albert K. Wilson 
Harry R. Yarnall 

Fred C. Schenk 
Albert F. Schissler 
John J. Schramm 
William Schwalbe 
.\rtlnir J. ScTanfon 
Joseph A. Shea 
Samuel S. Shore 
Thonms J. siwecki 
Daniel T. Smeclcly 
George R. Sniilh 
Herbert J. Smith 
Jciseph F. Smith 
Theodore De K. Smith 
W'illiam M. Smitli 
Wiliam J. Smith 
Louis Snvder 
Raliih B. Sprhiger 
lanl P.. stabler 
M'illiam Slappi-n 
William Stier 
Charles W. Stout 
.Andrew Strang 
Robert Slrinc-ii 
Anthon.v J. Sweeney 
Bernard F. Sweene.v 
Thomas A. Sweeney 
Richard A. Taussig 
John J. Telnak 
John Thompson 
Louis J. Trueter 
Leo J. \"as Korlis 
Frank A. Walsh 
Edward T. Walton 
Edward L. Wegst 
Walter J. West 
Charles Wic-ker 
.\IexandcM- A. Wiiks 
Robert C. Widmver 
.\lfred M. Williams 
Howard L. Williams 
Wiliam Wilson 
Ralph II. Wire 
Otto G. Wolf 
George Wood 
Stanley H. Woodburn 
Ignas Yanulauge 
Fred Zilnmerinan 

Perley E. Taplev 
Thoiiuis Walker 

Herman W. Wachter 
William G. Wachter 
William F. Walsh 

-HI , 






The Machine Gun Company, Ijetter known as the Suicide Club, was formed 
in the dark and stormy days of September, 1917, just like any other company 
in the Regiment, i. e., by marching a bunch of cheerful young nuts holding the 
lucky ( ?) numbers in Uncle Sam's lottery into a big, bare, pine barracks. After 
the usual inspections, the boys were each given a hat and shirt. Then each one 
was asked which branch of the service he preferred. If he were a mechanic, 
that was just exactly what the Machine Gun Company needed. The same thing 
applied to bartenders, hotel clerks, milk men and chauffeurs (on account of their 
knowledge of mules), etc. 

The Company trained for quite a while as a rifle company, using some old 
discarded blunderbusses which had been used by various National Guard outfits. 
Later it received the up to date Enfield Model Rifle. The Company became very 
proficient in the Manual of Arms, and it was a common sight to see the men in 
rifle companies hanging out of the windows in their barracks, watching our 
boys drill. 

.\fter a time we received Colt machine guns and wooden models of the 
\'ickers, and the Company had very strenuous drill in the art of quick mounting 
and dismounting of the gun, replacing casualties in the gun team, camouflaging 
gun positions, and so forth. Finally, these make shift guns were all turned in, 
and we received the Browning machine guns, which made an immediate hit, and 
which were the guns we eventually used against the Germans. 

The exciting time for the Company came when we received about thirty of 
the wildest mules that ever tried to kick their shoes off. There were onlv a few 
men in the Company who had any experience with animals, and every time the 
mules were gotten back safely into the stal)les after a hike or parade everybody 
felt very much relieved. The most serious mishap we had in the stables was 
during the preparations for the famous Baltimore hike, when one of the "quietest" 
mules we had leaped into the air, and on the return trip tried to jump down the 
throat of Lieutenant Lucas, who lost several teeth in the affair. 

Life at Camp Meade went on with the usual happenings that you have read 
a1)()ut in many stories, and in May, 1918, the Company was filled up to its full 
strength, 172 men. Then began the rush of getting everybody equipped and 
things in shape for the trip which we knew was coming soon. 

On July 7th. we entrained and started for Hoboken, recei^•ing a tremendous 
ovation all along the line, especially at Philadelphia, the home town of the 


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Regiment. In view of the fact that our dejiarture was secret, it was remarkable 
how many relatives were at the ditTerent stations to bid the boys farewell. We 
arrived at Jersey City that niglit and the next morninsj went aboard the transport 

( )n the morning of July li'~(th. land was sighted and we arrived at Mrest at 
4 1'. M. that date. With the exception of a small detail, which went ashore 
immediately to handle the baggage, the Com])any did not disembark until the 
following morning, although some of the other companies in the Regiment landed 
immediately. We marched through the back streets of Brest and out into the 
country about six kilometers, where we were ushered into a nice wet field, and 
ordered to ])itch tents. This was called .i "rest cam])," but all we did was carry 
water and rations for about a mile or so, and hustle field ranges, baggage, etc., 
etc. We left this rest cam|) on July 22nd, bound for the 12th Training Area, 
but, like all other orders in the army, this was subject to change, and was 
changed, as we went to the 10th Area instead. 

.•\fter three wonderful d;iys and nights on the train, we were put off at a 
j)lace called \'i\ey-Chalmessin. Nobody knew where we were, or where we were 
going, so we pitched tents in a neighboring field, and it was here that we were 
introduced to Vin Rouge while waiting for somebody to give an order. The 
next morning we started for Chatoillenot, arri\ing after a hike of 18 kilometers, 
and there we were billeted. 

The ne.xt six weeks formed the must strenuous periotl in the history of the 
Com])any, and the drill was long and tough. < )ne day we received our horses 
and carts, and those poor nags would ha\e made a strong man weep. Every 
Sunday we buried a couple of them. They had all the diseases that a horse could 
have, and possibly some that horses never had before, but our efficient stable 
force, under the supervision of Sergeant McCartney, brought the suffering ani- 
mals around into ])retty fair shape liefore we started for the front with them. 

( )n .^e])tember Sth, we received orders to get all equipment together, and 
then hiked to \ aux, where we entrained and rode ;dl night. We <letrained at 

Till-: D.M.ii.MnKL r.\i;.\iJ[: 

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The 315 th Infant:^ ry 


Mac [iiXK Gin Ciimi'AX\ at Cami' Mkahe 


Revigny and hiked to Hairoinille. a distance of 27 kilos, under the most gruelling 
marching conditions. We left Haironville on the evening of September 12th, 
hiked a kilo, and boarded French auto trucks, driven by Chinese drivers. Morning 
found us near Rampont, from which place we hiked to Domt)asle. We remained 
in the vicinity of Dombasle for two days, spending the time in getting the guns 
and equipment in the best possible condition. 

C)n the evening of the second day we proceeded to the trenches, guidt'd by 
French soldiers. About midnight on the 14th we reached Sector 304, where we 
relieved the 33,Srd French Infantry, then occupying the sector. The First Platoon, 
under the command of Lieutenant Wallace, was on the extreme right of the sector 
held by the First Battalion, 315th Infantry ; the Second Platoon, under Lieutenant 
Delaney, was in the center, and the Third Platoon, under Lieutenant McDowell. 
was on the extreme left. The ne.xt ten days were rather quiet, and the boys got 
their first real idea of life in the trenches, of which they had heard so much. 

r)n the night of the 24th, we received orders to pack up and retire to P. C. 
Cannebiere, being relieved by the Machine Gun Company of the 316th Infantry. 
The next day we made final preparations for the big jnisb which everybody knew 
was coming off, and at 11 :30 F'. M. on the 25th the artillerv let loose the biggest 
barrage that ever had been put over on either side. The thunder of the guns lasted 
all night. At 5:30 A. M. the next morning, the fire had increased in intensity, 
until it seemed that the lieavens would split, and the boys started over the top. 

The weather was fine, and the advance was masked by a big smoke screen. 
The First Platoon was on the right of the First Battalion following Company "D," 
the Second Platoon on the left folloAving Company "B," and the Third Platoon 
was in the rear of the Battalion, in reserve. The advance was practically uninter- 
ru[)ted for the first day. and we sto])ped for the night just west of Malancourt. 
ha\ing advanced about 5 kilos. ( )n the 27th. we continued the advance, and 
Montfaucon was passed by noon. In the afternoon, while east of Montfaucon, 
word came that the Germans were counter attacking and the guns were 
mounted and everything put in readiness, but the Boche never came. It was 
here that we suffered our first casualties. During the afternoon. Lieutenant Wallace 
was seriously wounded in both legs, being hit by shell fragments. The advance 

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was continued until darkness and heav)' shell fire rendered t'urtlu'r ])roj4ress im- 
possible. We then dug in about a kilometer beyond Montfaucon, where we spent 
a terrible ni<rht, under a jninishing fire of gas, shrapnel and high explosives. 

rin- next day we again advanced, this time with the First Battalion acting 
as an assaulting unit, and assisted in the capture of Nantillois, the First an(l 
Second Platoons here getting their first real "target" — about a hundred of the 
enemy retiring on our right — and they "layed" on them with good results. We 
continued on to the Madeleine I'^arni, where we were met by a terrific concen- 
tration (if artillery tire, which no living thing could go through, and were forced 
to retire a short distance to hill 274, where the Infantry reorganized and pushed 
forward again under the support of our overhead fire, a fire as intense as we 
could make it. We dug in and spent the night of the 2Sth on hill 274, and on 
the 29th, with the intense artillery fire still coming o\er, we reorganized and took 
up outpost ])ositions along the road lieyond Nantillois. it was here that Captain 
Duncan was killed and Lieutenant Delaney mortally wounded l)y a high ex])losi\e 
shell, ('(jnimand of the com])any then passed to Lieutenant Lucas. 

The morning of the 30th brought the news that we were to be relie\ed by 
the 3rd Division. That afternoon we witlidrew, having been relieved by the 3rd 
Division, and we hiked until dark, spending the night in the open. ( )n the 
morning of ( )ctober 1st, we m.irched back to Sector 304, where we occupied the 
old trenches for two days, diuMng wliich time we got a few liot meals and remo\ed 
our week-old beards. 

( )n ( )ctol)er 3rd, we mo\ed out ;ind hiked to Normandy woods, where we 
stayed until night-fall. We hikeil all that night, until 4 o'clock the next monnng, 
when we arrived at a woods just outside of Senoncourt. At 2 1'. M. we moved 
out again and hiked until 7:30 I*. ^L, when we pitched tents in an open field near 
Recourt. We left Recourt early in the morning of the 5th, and reached Lahaymeix 
about 3 V. \L I lere we had five days much needed rest, as the entire Company was 
exhaustetl and showed the effects of the strain under which it had been. 

( )n the 10th, we set out again and marched to Woimbey, where we were 
held in reserve in the Troyon Sector. There we were \ery well fixed, as the 
billets were good, and the rations were the best we had h;i(l in bTance. Lieu- 

"Os TlIK Dill III. k' 


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On the I'KuNT Line at the Time uk the Akmistile 

tenant Parker joined us at Woimbey, and it was while we were there that 
Lieutenant Lucas recei\e(I his commission as captain. ( )n tlie night of the 21st, 
we were called out hurriedly about S P. M., and marched to Troyon, arriving- 
there at 2 A. M., where we lay until morning. We were supposed to be bound 
for the advanced positions to aid in repelling an expected attack, but it proved 
that the movement of enemy troops which had been observed was merely some 
German divisions being relieved, so we turned around and hiked to \\'oimbey 
on the 22nd, getting back about noon. 

We remained there until the 24th, when we started out again for the front. 
That night we billeted in French barracks outside of Recourt. During our stay 
near Recourt. we received 41 men to fill up our depleted ranks. The Company 
was reorganized. Lieutenant McDowell commanding the First Platoon, Sergeant 
Borresen the Second, and Lieutenant Parker the Third. We left Recourt on 
October 26th, about 6 P. M., and marched until daylight, when we reached 
Fromereville. The evening of the 2Sth w-e again started out and hiked to the 
Forges Woods. About 5 P. M., October 29th, we set out on a heart-breaking 
march, which lasted until after day break on the 30th, at which time we arri\ed 
in the Grande Montague Sector, recently captured from the Boche. 

In that sector, we relieved the 29th Division on the site known as Death 
Valley, and we were to see the name justified very shortly. The carts were 
unloaded and sent back to Brabant. The First Platoon was on the right of our 
sector, the Second Platoon in the center, and the Third on the left. We remained 
there until the <Sth, simply holding on, while the enemy let us have everything 
he had in the way of shells and bullets. The great difficulty was in getting up 
rations, as everything had to be brought across Death Valley, and the Germans 
bombarded this place continuously and mercilesslv. .\11 this time it rained 
incessantlv, and tiie mud was terrible. 


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At ,3 A. M.. Xiivcnihcr Stli, uc were relieved by tlu' .'lltli Machine Gun Battalion, 
as we were to m" forward with the attack planned for that day. The l-'irst Platoon 
and one section of the Third Platoon were to go forward in sui)i)ort of Companies "E" 
and "F." the balance of the Company remaining under tlie comnian<l of Sergeant 
Borresen. At 11 A. M.. the Infantry started forward, covered by a barrage delixered 
by the 312th Machine Gun Battalion, and advanced about 3 kilos to the Bois de Kcville, 
where the I'irst Platoon and the section of the Third above mentioned immediately 
mounted their guns, awaiting an expected counter attack, which did not materialize. 
The ne.Nt morning we moved out through the village of Etraye, which had been cap- 
tured by the 315tli Infantry. Just beyond litraye. we met strong opposition from the 
enemy artillery and machine guns on Cote d' Orne. and there we were held up all day. 
.\11 that night our guns maintained a harrassing tire into the German advance positions. 
for the benefit of their machine gunners. .At 6 .\. M.. November 10th, we laid down an 
overhead barrage to aid the infantry, wliicli again advanced slowly but surely all day. 

On the night of the lOth. the remainder of the Company, which had been under 
Sergeant Borresen, was brought forward, and at 5 .\. M., Xovember 11th, orders were 
received to move forward to the hill east of W'avrille. We moved on ahead of the in- 
fantry, took up positions, and iirepared to put over a barrage on the enemy positions 
on Cote de Morimont. Our movements were concealed by a heavy fog, and we got 
close to the enemy without being seen. At 9 A. M., we let go with all 12 guns. The 
Boche laid down a terrific barrage, attempting to blow us off the earth, but his aim was 
poor and we suffered no casualties. .-\t 10:45 -\. .M.. the guns were dismounted and 
taken into the dugouts, and at 11 A. M. the Captain informed us that the Armistice 
had been signed, an announcement which made everybody sore (?). On the afternoon 
of the 11th, Lieutenants Wintield, Speed and Huckabee reported to the Company for 
duty, the former two, however, being evacuated in December. We spent two days in 
these dugouts, and on the afternoon of the 13th moved back to Etraye. 

On December 8th. Sergeant Borresen received his commission as second lieutenant. 
We remained in Etraye until December 26th. beiiig quartered in what had once been 
a French town. We spent a Christmas there which will live in our memories for many 
days. It snowed and rained nearly every day, and. for some reason known only to the 
higher officers, we were dragged around through the slush and mud every day on 
maneuvers, so it was with a mighty glad feeling that we pulled out on the 26th. and 
started back toward Verdun, spending the night at Thicrville. The next day we hiked 
to Souilly, and then went on to Chaumont-sur-.\ire. wlicre we arrived on the 28th. 

We stayed at Chaumont-sur-Aire until -March 28th. We had pretty good billets 
and a rather decent time, with nothing but some drilling and guard duty to worry us 
for the three months. During this time a large number of the men went on leave. 
Our entries in the Division Horse show beat all the machine gun teams in the Division, 
and they later went to the 9th Corps Show, from which they also emerged victoriously. 
On March 11th, we blew in some of the Company Fund and had our "First .-Xunual 
Banquet" — a very enjoyable occasion, plenty of real eats, much music and numerous 

On March 28th, we began the live day hike to Rimaucourt. stop])ing at Seigneulles, 
Erize-St. Dizier, Ligny. and Xoncourt for the nights on the way, arriving on .\pril 1st. 
At Rimaucourt we enjoyed real barracks and a big Red Cross hut, with movies every 
night, and had the best time we had in France, On .April 28th, we left Rimaucourt for 
Vertou, billeting on our arrival at La Gramoire, where we stayed until May !2th, going 
through various inspections and getting ready for that wonderful trip HOME. On 
May 12th. we entrained for St. .X'azaire. and spent the time from the 12th to the 16th 
being deloused. inspected, and generally Ijossed around by a bunch of hard boiled cor- 
porals from the S. O. S. We loaded on the U. S. S. t<(iiitii llnsti about 7 P. M. on the 
16th, and nearly got ofT again, as it seemed some one had smuggled a little I'rench boy 
aboard with the intention of taking him home for a souvenir, and the captain of the 
ship said we would have to get off if the boy was not foun<l and i)ut off. lie was found, 
so we stayed on. and set sail the next morning. May 17th, at 5 .-\. M. The trip home 
was uneventful. We arrived at Philadelphia on May 30th, proceeded at once to Camp 
Dix, and by June 9, 1919, the last member of Machine Gun Ccmipany, 31.^th Infantry, 
had been demobilized. 



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Roster o( Machine Gun Company 

September 1, I^JIS 

FrtHl H. Lurio 
David M. Wallace 

Joseph G. Duncan. Jr. 

Charles F. Baer 
James P. Delaney 
John N. McDowell 

Dennis H. Cannon 

Clarence W. Stocks 

Clarence H, Grotefend 

James W. McCartney 

Robert P. Black 
M'illiani Y. Borreson 
li \\ ill Dauzeisen 


William C. Elirlng 
Howard lloesle 

Nathaniel S. Little 
Frank X. Shive 
George Stoner 


Herbert F. Abrams 
Charles R. Biirk 
Oscar Corson 
Michael J. Dugau 

Wiliam D. Hewitt 

Eniil Golderer 
William O. Ornber 
Albert L. Haas 

Howard A. Miller 
Fri-derick W. Negler 
Lmiis J. Quallet 

Hugh R. White 

Baron F. Keilly 
Robert S. Shepphard 
George F. Sprechtr 
Lewis II. Tilge 

Jusepli H. Dixon 


Peter Alfano 

Joseph A. McFadden 

John P. Byrnes 
Jacob L. Freedman 
JohTi A. Jehle 


William A. Maguire 
Henry J. Myeres 

Benjamin Silver 
George W. Sntcliffe 
Rt)ss D. Thompsiin 

James PL Alcnrn 
George H. Arcible 
Courtland M. Baker 
George W. Baker 
Louis M. Barry 
Fred A. Bauer 
Oscar F. Becker 
Russell M. Begley 
Joseph H. Bennett 
Frank Berenato 
George F. Bciderwolf 
Walter S. 
Walter Bowniiin 
James E. Brown 
William E. lirown 
Benjamin Brownlee 
Frank tJ. Byrne 
Thomas W. Cami'bell 
Henry L. Christian 
Charles P. Cliupein 
Harry C. Clark 
William F. ClilTord 
William N. Cline 
Caleb B. Cope 
John Crider 
Hamld Crowe 
Horace Crowe 
Joseph Curran 
Eugene Dear 
Anthony Deluca 
Frank A. Dingenary 
William N. Drain 
John Eckert 


George Edelnian 
William A. Elibrlck 
William J. Fletcher 
Ross Forello 
\'incent A. Fox 
Frederick C. Gebick 
Maurice J. Gerber 
Ralph A. Gray 
John Haig 
Fred C. Hause 
tiirman Herb 
Harry Hertcr 
Joseph F. Hewitt 
Edward Hitn<T 
George A. Ho-'hii 
John F. Hoffniau 
JauH's F. Howard 
Harry F. Hubbard 
Walter T. .letinings 
Raymond Kamoe 
.Toscph Katie 
George L. Kelly 
Andrew E. K<'rr 
Joshua C. Knight 
Henry Koeltzer 
Leon J. Kolankiewicz 
George Kosier 
Hnrlev C, Landing 
Charles 11. Leib 
Edward Letniox 
Alfre.i R. Little 
George Lockhart 
Coriu'Iius J. McBride 

Fred C. M.-Connell 
Johti J. MdVak 
Iianiel MarCoiiachle 
John J. Maguire 
Harry Maliti 
Joseph Manfre 
George Manz 
George W. Mariner 
Claude D. Mason 
Atilbony R, Maurer 
William J. Merrigan 
Linw'«)d G. Merz 
Jolin A. Millard 
Harry W. .Mitchell 
Charles J. .Mononghan 
Edgar 11. .Morley 
Russell H. Mousely 
Arthur J. .Miillcr 
William J. Mundrich 
L<niie Murell 
Ludwig J. Nacbtmaii 
Adolpb C. Nelz 
W'illiam J. North 
David J. O'Connor 
Joseph P. (CConnell 
Thomas O'Neill 
Percy F. Ott 
Frank F. Parker 
Randolph A. Patterson 
John Potts 
Edwin G. Powell 
W'illiam Rankin 
William H. Rehrer 

Elkt<.n N. Heed 
William B. Reilly 
Warren R. Reminter 
Henry E. Ricketls 
Edward Rock 
Ja<-ob Riibensteiii 
John L. Schilling 
Hurry W. Schramm 
Fred S<liug 
Joseph Scliaulecki 
Anthony P. Shaii.-iban 
John F. Sharker' 
William L. Shields 
Joseph P. Smith 
William ,\. Spaulding 
Raymond J. Stabile 
Steiibeti J. Tassi 
Jacob Tischbein. Jr. 
James L. Trainer 
John W. Trost 
Samuel K. Trudell 
Raymotid O. Turner 
W'illiam McK. Viveii 
Russell T. Webster 
Thomiis n. Whittle 
I..inwood Williams 
Joseph Willmann 
Everett M. Wilson 
Soloman C. Wraight 
Lh.yd Yorgey 
Aihdpli Zeiii 
Jtdm T. Zerby 

Joined as Replacements — October 26, 1918 

Louis C. AUgrim 
Victor Barnes 
Lucius C. Barton 
Henry A. Br()wn 
Archie P.ubrer 
Arthur F. Ducette 
John A. Dreher 
Fred A. Drewes 
Frank R. Fisher 
Henry A. Flanagan 


Robert W. Flentge 
Siilney Foster 
Charles R. Geiser 
William J. Hackler 
Antoiie P. Hames 
Walter Hartstein 
Frederick E. Hoffman 
William N. Holdner 
Joseph King 
Fred W. Laskmet 

I'arkes Lonney 
Harold S. Loughran 
Charles B. McLean 
John J. McSorley 
Clerk Maurer 
Harry B. Mason 
Clinton L. .Mattingly 
Michael J. O'Connor 
George L. Reynolds 
James M. Roberts 

John J. Rvan 
John Q. Kobt>[di E. Sanford 
Frederick H. Wilson 
Percy H. Wilson 
Eldee T. Wood 
Norvil Whiteman 
Lou L. Webber 
John .M. Wills 
Isaac A. Williams 


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From the inception of the Supply (,'ompany, 315th Infantry, at Camjj Meade, 
Maryland, on September 17, 1917, when Captain Victor H. Moreau was assigned 
as Supply Officer, until the final turning in of the property in the Nantes area, the 
organization was primarily a working outfit which actually worked, and, lest others 
forget, we set it down here that the Supply Company worked hard and worked 
well. Upon the assignment of Ca])tain Aloreau and the attachment of Lieutenants 
Smith and Murray, the duties of suiJjilying the Regiment were assumed, with prac- 
tically no enlisted personnel yet assigned to the Company. 

Some of the first recruits to become Supply Company men were "Tom" 
Ilaynes, "Bill" Curry, "Qiiif" Groves, "Joe" Harrison and "Al" Turner. Haynes. 
Curry and Groves became Regimental Supply Sergeants, but Groves was later 
transferred to the 28th Division. "Charlie" Haines succeeded him. Harrison 
became first sergeant, following Buckley's transfer, and later received his com- 
mission as a second lieutenant at the Officers' Training School. Turner, the 
first company rupply sergeant, was lost to the 2Sth Division. Following these 
earliest rookies came "Abe" Landow, who jumped rapidly from company clerk 
to the "top" sergeancy, "Tom" Neeley, Thomas Adams. Harry Crawford, 
"Paddy" Delargey, "Joe" Manion, "Rudy" Hofman, "Jim" Shotts, "Andy" 
Thompson and "Herb" Wheaton. Neeley, Manion and Delargey quickly won 
stable sergeants' chevrons, while Shotts and Thompson gained the grade of horse- 
shoer and the others became wagoners. 

Within a week after the arrival of the rookies who were to form the Regi- 
ment, the Supply Company succeeded in equipping them with clothing and all 
other property then available. This work was done so speedily that upon several 
occasions the men were completely outfitted at the dizzy rate of four per minute 
in a cram]ied warehouse. From the time the first assignment of men arri\ed the 
.Supjjly Company was kept btisy all day, every day, and upon one occasion, when 
more than a thousand men were transferred to the 3rd and 4th Divisions, all night. 

A.t Camp Meade, the Company was self-sufficient in transportation, hauling 
all the rations and all the property required by the Regiment. After the remount 
dejrot had issued mules, it was found that men who could handle and who cared 
to handle animals were scarce, and many men assigned to the Company were trans- 
ferred because of their inadaptation to the work. Within a month after the ani- 

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mals had Ijccii refcixed the wagoiKTS were well started on their education as "nuile- 
skinners" and were fixing ever)- promise of the good work ihey were to do 
later on. 

'Ihe fnia! rush from Camp Meade kept every meni1)er of the organization 
working early and late. The e(|uipmenl (which never returned) was carefullv 
packed, marked and rushed to the trains with remark:d)le haste, considering the 
newness of the work. The paper work connected with all this was a tremendously 
important item and a heavy portion of the lahor was well horn hy a very small 
percentage of the Company, headed hy Sergeants Louis (iolden and Charles M. 

Upon arri\ing at Brest, after an exciting suhmarine dodging trip, the Com- 
pany was fortunate enough to stay aboard the .liiicrica o\er-night. Un the morn- 
ing of the 19th, a lighter transported the members of the Company to the shore, 
and it was real, if only temjxirary, relief to set foot on land. Carrying rations for 
miles, pup-tenting, going for baths that were not available and hiking, all in a 
constant rain or mist and in mud measured by the feet rather than inches, were 
some of the memorable hap])enings of the first three days in the A. E. F. 

.\t Chatoillenot, in the Tenth Training Area, the Company received its initial 
coaching in France, pre])aratory to active service at the front. Ways and means 
of feeding, clothing, ec|uipping and supplying fuel to .3,600 odd men who were 
scattered in se\en villages over an area of approximately twenty square kil- 
ometers, and of doing this solely with horse-drawn trans])ortation were learned 
quickly. All of these new conditions were met and solved with coniparatix ely no 
l)ri\ations or hardships resulting to the troops. 

The easy part of the first move tow-ard the front, that of loading the trains. 
was done by an outfit other than the Supply Company, but the Company came in 
for the unloading at Re\igny, an unforgetable e\ent remembered with horror. 
The ni()\ement fmni the Robert F.spag;ne .Area saw the field <and combat tr.ain on 

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the road tliat led to action for the first time. Three difficult night marches devel- 
oped veterans of green wagoners and the train reached Normandy Woods pretty 
much all in. but still going strong. 

In Normandy Woods the ration situation was the most serious problem, and, 
because of his knowledge of the situation and his manifest eagerness to do every- 
thing that was possible to feed the troops. Lieutenant Hyde was here taken from 
the Company and assigned to the 158th Infantry Brigade Staff for the sole inir- 
pose of personally supervising this important proposition. 

Having learned one system of supplying troops under billeted conditions, it 
now became necessary for the Company to solve the intricacies of rationing and 
munitioning the Regiment in the trenches. The comical but extremely valuable 
narrow gauge (sixty centimeter) French railroad, with its watch charm engines 
and two by twice cars, carrying details, and the wagons were now the main means 
of distribution. Li taking Company property to the First Battalion during this 
time, tive drivers and their assistants of the Supply Company received their bap- 
tismal experience in dodging aerial bombs, when a playful night prowling Boche 
avion endeavored to drop three mementoes into Major Patterson's Copinard P. C. 

LTpon the receipt of orders for the jump-ofif on September 26th, the entire 
animal-drawn transportation of the Division was mobilized in an open field on the 
side of a hill in rear of Normandy Woods, where it stayed during the opening 
bombardment. The following morning the Divisional trains, complete, moved for- 
ward past Copinard P. C. along the Avocourt-Malancourt-Montfaucon road. This 
road was in horrible shape and trafflc difficulties were very great 

On the evening of the 27th, about dusk, the train arrived at the cross roads 
south of Montfaucon, but could not establish liaison with Regimental Headquar- 
ters, and remained on the road that night, joining Regimental Headc|uarters on the 
morning of the 28th. At 10 o'clock that morning, the train started forward through 
Montfaucon, being delayed at two points until the engineers could clear the road. 
The 315th Infantry Supply Company train was the first transportation of any 
kind through Montfaucon with one exception. That exception was the car of the 
Division Commander, bearing General Kuhn, who passed the train in Montfaucon, 

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as it wailed for ihc road tu be cleared. Sufficient engineer personal was not avail- 
al)le to do this, so the Company went to work and cleared the road without waitinjj 
for the engineers. About 2:30 P. M. that afternoon the water carts had arrivecl 
at the small sunken road above Nantillois where they were parked. The remainder 
of the train was |)arked on the railroad key below Xantillois, directh' in front 
of Regimental I'. C. 

Men of tlie 315tli know from tlieir observation of the Xantillois road and from 
their personal experience there, what the transportation was up asainst the afternoon 
and night of the 28th and the morning of the 29th. .\n attempt was made to send water 
and rations forward to the troops by carriers supplied by the I'ioneer Platoon of llead- 
(|uarters Company, using such containers as could be salvaged (which in this instance 
hapi)ened to be l-"rcnch gasolene cans). This effort was not very successful, as the 
men of the ,314th Infantry were between the rations and our Regiment and they, also, 
had had nothing to eat or drink. In order to prevent further unnecessary destruction 
of the train (a considerable number of animals, carts and wagons had been lost tluring 
the night of September 28th-29th). Colonel Knowles ordered its withdrawal toward 
Montfaucon on the morning of the 29th. This took place only after all the rations 
available had been sent forward to the troops as far as the sunken road above Xantillois, 
from which point they were carried by hand. 

Withdrawing to the former position near ^lontfaucon on September 29th, the 
kitchens again prepared potatoes and coffee, the only available rations at the time. 
These went forward the following morning and served a large part of the Regiment 
with the tirst hot food the men had had in the drive. .Artillery tire forced the kitchens 
and water carts off the railroad key again, and again they returned. coiUinuing to serve 
any soldiers who were near enough to reach them. At the same time the wagons were 
scouting toward Malancourt for additional rations, a large part of the train was 
evacuating wounded from the Regimental first aid station and from the field hospital 
at Moiufaucon. Upon the withdrawal of the Regiment from the lines the wag<m train, 
in several parts, which could not be gotten together because of road congestion, slowly 
made its way back to the original P. C. in Normandy Woods. Captain Moreau. who 
had been very sick during the drive, was evacuated with a very severe case of inlluenza. 

The hike from Xormandy Woods to Camp Gil)raltar gave the personnel and ani- 
mals of the Company a slight rest, and, after several days without much duty in the 


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Srri'i.v CdMi'ANN P. C. in Nukmanuy Wouds 

new area, tlie Company was again alile tci stand witliont wobMing. The next move 
was to Boquemfnit. From tliere a portion of tlie Company accompanied the Third 
P.attalion into support in the Troyon Sector. Considerable equipment, mainly cloth- 
ing, was distributed while the troops were resting in this area. Enough animals were 
received to more than replace those lost, which liad been about 35 in all. in the first 
drive, and the Company was more mobile than ever liefore. When orders were re- 
ceived to concentrate near Recourt, little difficulty was experienced in hiking and get- 
ling into position at Brabant. The selection of a parking field at Brabant was quite 
fortunate, as the Boche never seemed able to land a shell in that particular location. 

The schedulin.g of ration convoys to Regimental P. C. near MoUeville Farm then 
became the important work. Again and again the Boche was outguessed. No trans- 
|)ortation was lost and only two men were wounded of the Supply personnel in all 
the operations from October 29th to Xovember 11th. Every day of that time 
saw at least twenty wagons and carts move up to the point of distribution. In 
every way the ration situation was more satisfactory in this engagement than in the 
first drive, the troops succeeded in getting more food and getting it fairly regularly, 
due largely to the admirable work of the ration carrying details who had to traverse 
dangerous "Death Valley" in order to supply food to their comrades. 

-^fter the troops advanced on November 8th, the usual avenues of approach were 
closed, as the road from MoUeville Farm to Etraye had lieen hopelessly blockaded to 
wheeled transportation. Determined, however, that there must be no delay in getting 
rations to the advancing troops, eighteen pack-mules were loaded to capacity by mem- 
bers of the Company', loaded so well that, when the last strap of the last aparahoes had 
been fastened, the little burrows were tottering along under sufficient rations for 1,50(1 
men for one day. Lieutenant Trundle succeeded in getting this difficult convoy over 
and through the obstructions on the road, although it required five and a half hours 
to cover the short distance between MoUeville F'arni and Etraye. It was the first time 
the Company had been forced absolutely to use pack animals and it is something to be 
proud of that, without any previous experience whatsoever, they were used so suc- 
cessfully. The following day engineers opened the road to the wagon train. 

On the morning of November 9th, the Supply Company advanced to the Brabant- 
Consenvoye-Etraye cross-roads, and remained there, except for the transportation 
sent forward to the Gibercy road fork and Re.gimental P. C. with rations, until the final 
wdiistle blew on the 11th. 


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I'roiii Giljcrcj'. the point to which the Company moved on Xovember lllh. to 
Etraye and from Etraye to Courouvre was a succession of easy moves, yet they re- 
(|uired cjuite a bit of work; and then there was a continual dread of inspectors, who were 
beginning to become lierce in the neighborhood following the silencing of the guns. 
It was at Courouvre that the great light against the epidemic of mange took place, 
and the Company is very proud of its record made in caring for its animals so suc- 
cessfully — most successfully, according to the Corps Veterinarian, of all the outfits in 
the Dixision, 

More time had been spent in Courouvre than in any other place when anntlu-r move 
to the rear was ordered. It was only natural that the company sliould be joyful wlien 
the news arrived that the Regiment was to start for Rimaucourt on the first leg of the 
journey home. 

On the march to Rimaucourt. the commissary detail worked in advance of the 
Regiment, keeping always a day ahead, so that rations were in place beforehand and. 
as the rolling kitchens arrived, meals were immediately started. The weather was 
anything but favorable during the whole hike; snow and rain with high winds and 
sometimes stinging hailsti)ncs made things very disagreeable, but the morale remained 
at 100 per cent, plus because of the one word that was in everybody's mind. ll-()-.\l-lC. 
The hike was made in live hitches, so separated that each day's march brought the 
Company to a village lor the night's rest. 

.\t Rimaucourt the drudgery, montonj' and worries of the various departments 
within the Company be.gan to lighten considerably, due to the turning in of the ani- 
mals. .V sincere sigh of relief went up when the last stubborn mule bad Ijeen roped 
into its bo.x car. but a day or two later the men felt lost and began to realize what 
the companionship of their animals had meant to them. Very soon thereafter the 
Supply Company accompanied the First Battalion on its journey toward the coast, and 
was liilleted in Mandon in the Xantes .Area. Tliere. many inspections and quite a bit 
of drilling enabled the Company to snap into such shape tliat it could not be distin- 
guislied from a rifle company. 

While in Mandon tlie men were well treated by the very hospitable people of that 
delightful village. It was the first really enjoyable area in brance of their ac(|naintance. 
On May 12th the Company left Mandon for St. Nazaire. arriving the same night. Leav- 
ing the train, the outfit hiked to Casual Camp No. 2. a distance of seven kilometers, 
and spent the night there. The following morning all men passed the physical ex- 
amination, and then hiked over to Camp No. 1, where equipment and men were de- 
loused. Being then absolutely pure, it was necessary to billet in the Isolation cam]) 
until a boat came in. On the night of the 16th of May. 1919. after being isolated for 
three days, the Company hiked to the docks of St. Nazaire and boarded the good ship 
t<iiiilii I'dxii. which, at five o'clock in the morning of the 17tli of May, steamed slowdj- 
out of tlie harbor — Homeward Bound! 


Victor II. Moreau. Captain. Sei)teniber 17. 1917. to October 1. 191S. 


1917. to October 15. 1918. 


lulv. 1918. 


]S. 1918. 
First Lieutenant. 
September. 1918. 

J. Lambert .Smith. First Lieutenant. -September 
Captain. October 16. 1918. to demobilization. 

Ross K. Stickel, Second Lieutenant. July 24. 1"18. 
Lieutenant. October 16, 1918. to demobilization. 

George II. Trundle. Second Lieutenant, .\pril. 191S, i, 
September 1918. to November, 1918. 

Charles Hj'de. Jr. (Deceased). First Lieutenant. Marcli. 1918. to 

John J. Borbidge. F'irst Lieutenant. January, 1919. to .April, 1919. 

James FI. Carpenter. First Lieutenant. October 4. 1918. to October 19. 1918. 

Louis Golden, Ordnance Sergeant. October. 1917. to Xovember. 1918. Second 
Lieutenant. November. 1918, to May, 1919. hirst Lieutenant. .May. 1919. to demobiliza- 

James McGee. Second Lieutenant. Noxendjer. 1918. to M 
May. 1919. to demobilization. 

Charles i'. Baer. Second Lieutenant. I'ebruary. l')l''. t< 
tenant. May, 1919. to demobilization. 

John {;. W. Dean. Second Lieutenant. December. 1918. to F'eliruary. 

y, 1919. First Lieutenant. 
May. 1919. l-'irst Lien- 


Frank G. Moreau. Captain, December, 1917. to .\])ril. 1918. 
John V. Murray. First Lieutenant. Septemlier. 1917. 
Charles .A. Henry, Second T,ieutenant. May. 1918. to July, 1918. 
-Amos V. IIaml)urger, Second Lieutenant. May, 1918. to July, 1918. 

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Roster of Supply Company 


September 1, 1918 


Victor II. Moreaii 


Clinrlcs Hyrte. Jr. Itoss E. Stkkel 
J. LBiiiljirt Sniilli 


WilUaiii J. Curry 
Charles M. Haines 
Tlionias C. Hayiies 


Abraham I.Hn<low .Idsi-ph T,. Manidii Benjamin Schwartz 


Anllu»ny Cohen George BurlantI VVilliara F. Iteclser Josepli Claric 
Tatricli I>clargey Harry C. Carroll Martino Diantonio Joseph W. Knwanls 
Julius E<lelson Walter J. Donalnie Charles J. Dunn James H. Shotts 
Nathan Kalbs Morris Friel James E. Epright .Andrew M. Thompson 

David Murdell Rudolph I.. Hof William Greib Otto Von Ilofen 

Thomas H. Ni-eley Franciszek tlorlewski 

Henry O'Kane 


Leone Cattalieo .lohn F. Dobin Carl A. Metzradt 
John Deluise Niehobis Gallenn Vineenzo rerrazziiio 

Joseph T. Gavin 


Thomas J. .\dams Walter Duekentiehl Elmer Hart Mieha.l L. Rowan 
I'eler J. .\lles Harry I.. Kugan Frank J. Ih.llaiid Edward Saar 
Robert W. .Vrnold Charles Eherhard Harrv P. Johnson Th<mias Shields 
.\le.xander I). Hagley Christian J. Eckert Roy "Kamerzel Arthur I,. Sbuster 
James E. Holes Fred C. Essiek Robert J. Kane Joseph S. Sipiniek 
Claude H. Brewer Thomas .M. Evers Michael J. Kcnney Harry Smith 
James W. Brightbill Herman R. Fetch William E. Kenney Jesse Soby 
Stanley Britton John Finegnn John I.avin Frank J. Stuskevise 
William J. Bruce Alexander J, Flynn Thomas J. Logue Frank Tierney 
George S. Cannon Hugh I.. Foster Andrew Lndwig William T. Timlin 
Theodore Carro Francis Friel Louis A. McCann Nelscui Tyler 
Lawrence A. Connors Jttseph A. (iehan Frank Mclli.n;ild Cleas J. Wade 
Eugene A. Corviazier John Gettv James McGoguigaii William U. Weckinan 
William Cotter Thomas 11. Grihbin Harrv McKeevir Anthony Wegscheider 
Joseph A. Couglilin Benjamin Grindle Bernard Magce Harvey Weydemeyer 
Charles Cram John A. Gnekin Mario Maggi Herbert L. Wheaton 
Harry L. Crawford Ollie Gnyton Edward J. Moore Chester A. Wildman 
Frank M. Crosley Ge(»rge W. Haekert Chester Overlander Ernest Wirbatz 
Raymtind J. Crosson John .\. Hancock Harrv Patlden William F. Yeager 
Michael J. Cumniings Francis A. Harkins Peter Pahls Joseph M. Yurkunis 
Herbert Ilewees 


Max Dickman Philip B. Oetzel Alfred Reihl 
Abraham Kehr Ilyman I'Inkovitz .\lfred S. Tees 


William .\shton Joseph Bnrgdortf William HofTman William J. Peck 
Luigi .\ngelini John Clendenning Leopohl S. Jesoloski Joseph Rush 
George E. .\ngney James J. Coyle Filipo Laurello Clinton W. S<'hrader 
Harry L. Bowers John J. Deacon Joseph P. Lonergan Louis Simoncelli 
Charles J. Brewer Rol)ert W. Dempster John Mace Leon W. Sleifer 
Patrick Brogan Frank Fisigale George E. Muffett Louis B. Staeble 
Frank J. Budnick William F. Graley John Nusbickel Frank S. Weik 

Joined as Replacements— October 9, 1918 


Frank E. Davis John P. McDonald Neils A. Pearson George Szprygada 
.\ndrew Harry Montie Means Albert E. Prause Herman I. Vanderboff 
George J. Jorgenson 

Enlisted Ordance Corps Attached to Supply Company 


Louis Golden Ross 0. Shipe 


Joseph H, Everett Francis J. Boyce 
Russell B. Robiiloux William E. Doyle 

Gustavo H. Grube 
John J. Meara 



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The Medical Detachment of the ,il5th Infantry dates from August 27. 1917. 
when Captain Bulford, who had heen designated as Regimental Surgeon, arri\-ed 
at Camp Meade, Maryland, with fourteen enlisted men from Camp Greenleaf, 
Fort (!)glethorpe, Georgia. On September 21. 1917. the first group of selected 
men arrived from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From a medical standpoint luisi- 
ness immediately improved at the infirmary, which had been established in 1),ir- 
racks R-11. Time passed. Men came and went in the Regiment, and, all told, 
about ten thousand victims were examined, vaccinated, measured, embarrassed 
and injected with anti-typhoid serum during the ten months the 315th Infantry 
spent at Camp Meade. 

About two weeks before sailing for France, the personnel of the Detach- 
ment was increased to the authorized strength by increments from Camp Upton. 
New York, and transfers from the line companies. Major Charles ;\I. Williams 
was also placed in command of the Detachment at this time. 

Upon its arrival in France, the Medical Detachment was broken up into 
battalion detachments. Lieittenant Ivor D. Fenton commanded the First Battalion 
detachment and remained in that command as long as the detachment remained 
a separate unit. Lieutenant Marvin V. Campbell was also attached to the First 
Battalion detachment. Captain Wallace Bulford was placed in command of the 
Second Battalion detachment, a command which he held throughout the entire 
])eriod that that battalion detachment existed as a separate unit. Lieutenant 
William F. Craig was likewise assigned to this unit. Lieutenant Robert C. Van 
Buren commanded the Third Battalion detachment and the Regimental Head- 
quarters detachment was placed in charge of Lieutenant Ralph A. Claridge. 
Lieutenants Samuel Friedlander, George L. Drach and Norman E. Gardner were 
assigned to the Regiment as dental surgeons. 

In August, 1918, Major Robert B. Shackelford succeeded Major Charles 
M. Williams as Regimental Surgeon, the latter having been transferred to Division 
Headciuarters. August merged into Septemljer, and the night of September 25th 
found the members of the Jtledical Detachment all set for the "big push" of the 
American Army. In the early morning hours of September 26, l9l8, the infan- 
try, each company provided with two members of the Medical Detachment, went 
over the top and the drive was on. .Almost at the outset, the Second Battalion 
aid station, which had been established at Malancourt, came under heavy enemy 
artillery fire, and, shortly after noon on the 26th, Lieutenant William F. Craig and 

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.mi:l)ic.\l detachment 


1.1 llER L'MI.I, 

Private Ricliard Dwen were killed by a hi^h explosive shell at the -Malancourt 

Hampered by the lack of ambulances and by the constant stratiins; of the 
Boche on all points where the wounded were concentrated, the medical personnel 
of the Regiment worked heroically to treat and evacuate the entllcss casualties. 
On the night of September 27th, the First and Second Battalion detachments 
established an aid station at the crossroads just south of Montfaucon, and the 
Headquarters and Third Battalion detachments established a station in the woods 
east of Montfaucon. Both were under heavy enemy fire. 

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I'^oUowiny; llu- rapid achance of the Regiment, an aid station was established 
at the southern edsjc of Nantillois on the afternoon of Septemljer 2Sth. At 10:00 
A. M. on the 29th. a low-flyinsf (jerman plane drojjped several signal flares over 
the aid station, and almost immediately enemy shells began breaking within the 
area. The majority of the wounded who at that time occupied the aid station 
were killed by this tire. In the attempts to remove the wounded under the 
enemy fire, two medical officers and se\eral men who had been attached to the 
station were killed. 

The period between the Montfaucon drive and the drive east of the Meuse 
found the Medical Detachment fighting against influenza and enteric conditions 
which had suddenly broken out after the exhausting experiences in the trenches 
and in the drive. .Approximately three hundred evacuations were made during 
this period. ( )n ( )ctol)er 5. 191S, Lieutenant 1 larold E. Nash, U. C, was assigned 
to the Uelachment. 

( )n (Jctober 29th, the Detachment again moved u|) tfi the lines with the 
Regiment, and received replacements on the way forward. .\s in the lirst drive, 
two medical men were attached to each infantry company, and to these, two 
squads of the comjiany were assigned as litter bearers. The F"irst and Second 
Battalion detachments established a first aid station near Alolleville Farm in 
MoUeville Ravine. This station soon became a target for continuous shelling 
by the Boche, because of the conspicuous streams of wounded ])assing across 
Death Valley. From this station, the woimded were carried to the Regimental 
aid station which was established on the Brabant-Molleville I^^arm road. The 
Third Battalion detachment established the reser\e aid station at the southern 
edge of the Bois de Consenvoye. 

( )n November 8th, the Regiment advanced to new positions beyond Etraye, 
and a first aid station was established by the First, Second and Third Battalion 
medical detachments just outside of Etraye. On No\ember 9th, while on a tour 
of inspection to the ad\anced aid station. Major .Shackelford was gassed and 
evacuated. JMajor Williams assimied tem])orary command of the Detachment 
and was succeeded on No\ember 12th Iw Major John .\. McKenna. .At this 
time, Eieutenant Chandler M. Scott, M. C, and Lieutenant Leon E. Newman, 
D. C, were assigned to the Detachment, which also received a number of men 
as replacements. 

After the cessation of hostilities and the return from the front line, the 
Detachment was billeted in Damvillers and Etraye until such time as it should 
start on the homeward trail. On December 26th, the Medical Detachment, in 
conjunction with the rest of the Regiment, pulled stakes at Damvillers antl Etraye 
and December 28th found it billeted in its new home in the .*^ouilly area. While 
in this area Captains Asa Craves, M. C. and Robert H. Morris, M. C, were 
assigned to the Detachment, as were Captain Waterman Lyon, M. C, First 
Lieutenant Charles L. Hardwick, D. C, First Lieutenant Francis G. Hendricks, 
M. C, and Second Lieutenant Carl C. Keller, V. C. 

The end of February saw some well deserved promotions among the officers 
of the Detachment. Major McKenna was promoted to a lieutenant colonelcy, 
Ca])tain (iraves was promoted to the rank of major and Lieutenants Fenton and 
\'an Buren to the rank of captain. Lieutenant \'an Buren left for the L^iitefl 
States shortly after his promotion was announced. Lieutenant Claridge had been 
evacuated to the hospital some time prior to the departure of Cajjtain \'an Buren. 
Just before the move to Riniaucourt, Major (jraves was transferred to the 304th 
Engineers, Lieutenant Hendricks to the 7th Division, and Lieutenant Albion 
Nyquist, D. C, wdio had been assigned to the Detachment early in the year, 
to the ,il2th Machine (urn Battalion. 




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( )n March 28th, the Medical Detachment started on the second lap of its 
homeward jonrney and arrived at Kimauconrt on April 1. 1919. Again time 
wore on, and the 23rd of April saw the Detachment once more on the move, this 
time headed for the Nantes area. In this area, which w-as reached two days 
Liter, the headquarters of the Detachment were established in \'ertou, the bat- 
talion detachments accompanying their respective battalions to the se\'eral billeting 
areas about Vertou. While at V'ertou, Lieutenant Hardwick was transferred to 
the Army of Occupation. 

On the 12th of May, the Medical Detachment once more boarded the familiar 
box cars with the port of St. Nazaire as a destination. Having arrived at St. 
Nazaire and completed all necessary preparations for homegoing, it was hoped 
that the Detachment would embark as a whole for the "States." On the 15th, 
however, orders were received that the Third Battalion detachment, under Captain 
Morris, would sail with Companies "L" and "M" on the U. S. S. Dakotan and 
that the other members of the Medical Detachment would accompany the re- 
mainder of the Regiment on the U. S. S. Santa Rosa. Just prior to sailing. 
Captain Lyon, First Lieutenant Scott and Second Lieutenant Keller were trans- 
ferred to the casual officers detachment, which embarked for the trans-Atlantic 
voyage at Brest. 

Following the embarkation at St. Nazaire, the history of the Medical Detach- 
ment drew quickly to a close. The Detachment landed, according to schedule, 
at the port of Philadelphia, proceeded to Camp Dix, and there took the tinai 
steps preparatory to demobilization. ( )fi June 9th, the last member of the detach- 
ment received his final marching orders and the Medical Detachment of the 315th 
Infantry formally passed out of existence. 

Roster of Medical Detachment 

September 1. 1^18 


Robert B. Sbackelford 

Marvin V. Campbell 
Halph A. Clarhlge 
AA'illiani F. Craig 
Ivor Ii. Feiiton 
ICdbei-r C. \"an Buren 

Ot-firKe N. ClnirL-liill 
VvU'Y E. Cnrdier 
Stuart iJaniley 

diaries L. Rvud 
George W. Conners 
David Durst enf eld 
Herniau Fiiikelstein 
Francis V, Flanagan 
John J. Flvnn 
John J. Gullasher 
Walter F. Gebuian 
Otto Goodwin 

Mose Cohen 
Hollis H. Douglas 
M. Cleburn Fink 
Vertiette M. Gaskiiis 

.Tames Beattie 
John P. Bradley 
Arthur J. Dacey 
William D. Irvin 
Charles Judge 

George L. Drach 
Samuel Friedlander 
Norman E. Gardner 

Elmer Dem<ind Jacob E. Klein 

Alvab G. Jack Julian Levy 

Edward F, Kane Herman A. Morrill 


Wallace Bulford 


Charles Hechreiter 
James L. Hunter 
Harold M. Jacobs 
Jack Jacobs 
A'iggo Jorgenson 
Casimer Jovais 
Alexander Kellrr 
Walter F. Kelly 


Charles E. Kleiu 
John F. Lech thaler 
William Lubelsky 
Bernard J. Ludwig 
Havdon O. Merrilll 
Wilfred Metty 
Fi-ank B. Morrell 
Henry Nassberg 

Joined as Replacements — October 26, 1918 

Overton H. Hagan 
William H. Grotefeld 
Darnell Lyon 

Paul Nangle 
William J. Pbelan 
Powell P. Maxwell 

Joined as Replacements — November 12, 1918 


J<din T. Gallagher Maurice Miller 

Joseph Kern Joseph B. Miller 

George Klnmpp 
Roswell Manser 

Roy Miller 
Isidore P. Morris 

William M. Boyd 
Everett B. Clark 
Marvin M. Fain 
Chester J. Powell 

Albert Rebovicb 
Joseph B. Sexton 
Harry C. Treager 

Nils P. Nilson 
Richard C. Owen 
John W. Parrish 
Anthony Saccomanno 
Harry P. Schenck 
John J. Schneider 
Joseph H. Thomas 
Robert J. Vane 
Abraham Weiner 

John L. Robinson 
William H. Sweariiigon 
John T. Tlinnipson 
i'lark Williamson 

Edward Scbrader 
Ralph B. Smith 
Charles Trozzo 
Charles Walk 
Albert Weber 

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Volley Ball 


W'lien the United States declared war on ( ierniany on .\pril 6th, 1917. many 
enormous problems presented themselves, chief of which was to place in France 
the most number of men possible, in the shortest space of time possible, and in 
the best condition possible. In order to meet the last of these conditions, namely, 
to put the men in the best possible condition, it was realized that the exercise 
and training incident to a pure military training would not accomplish this pur- 
])0se. Therefore, the schedule of training included the most strenuous kind of 
physical training and participation in all athletic games. 

The men who made up America's new National army came from every walk 
and station in life, and were of various nationalities. Some came from the col- 
leges and preparatory schools and had throughout the course of their li\es taken 
part to a greater or less extent in athletics. ( )thers left the fields, the factories and 
the offices to take up this entirely new life so different from all other occupations. 
Many, through necessity, had been forced early in life to earn their lixelihood 
antl had never had a chance to play. 

Therefore, simultaneously with the training in military science and tactics 
came the develo])ment of the minds and bodies of these new soldiers. In the first 
instance it took the simple form of what is commonly known as "setting-up exer- 
cises." These exercises de\eloped not only the muscles of the body, but also the 
sense of co-ordination, and, as these exercises were given by command, it led 
to quick thinking and ultimately to the accurate and speedy responsiveness of 
the body to will of the mind. Later came the athletic games and contests, which, 
without doubt, are the best means of bringing the human body to the highest 
point of physical fitness and efficiency. 

The pages which follow contain an accoimt of these games and contests in 
the \arious sports jiarticipated in by members of the 315th Infantry and, taken 
as a whole, constitute a brief athletic historv of the Regiment. 


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The enlisted personnel of the 315th Infantry began ponring into Camp 
Meade, Maryland, the latter part of September and the first part of October, 
1917. At that time, the football season was in full sway throughout the entire 
United States, and naturally it was the first of the major sports which claimed 
their attention. Although there were no grassy fields, nevertheless after drill 
hours in the afternoon, in fact at any odd hours during the day, teams from 
[iracticallv every company in the Regiment could be seen hard at practice. 

Within a couple of weeks many inter-company games were scheduled and 
played. It is a lamentable fact that no regular Regimental series was played, 
so it is impossible to name here the championship team. Howexer, it is safe to 
state that Companies "A," "B," "D," "G," "L," and "M" put up the best 
exhibitions of football, and of these it might be said that Company "D" had the 
best team; for "L" Company defeated Companies "A," "(I" and "M," but lost 
to "B" ; and "B" lost to "D." Had "D" played "L" and won, it would have been 
the undisputed champion : had it lost, the honors would have gone to "B" Com- 
pany. The following are the scores of the games between the above mentioned 
teams : 

"L" Company 
"L" Company 
"L" Company 
"L" Company 
"H" Company 
"D" Company 

About the middle of < )ctober, the 

"(_i" Company - - - - 

6 "G" Company _ _ - - 

12 "M" Company - - - 6 
21 "A" Company - - - - 

6 "L" Company - - - - 

13 "B" Company - - - - 

came for a Regimental football team 
to fight for the championship of the Division and of the cantonment. The entire 
schetlule had to be played off by a certain date, and our first game with the 316th 
Infantry came so soon as to allow us only about a week for organization and 
practice. However, the call for candidates went out and they were subjected to 
daily strenuous work-outs. Under the able coaching of Lieutenant A. G. Harlow, 
formerly of Princeton, and Lieutenant Lawson G. Bash, formerly of Allegheny, 
an excellent team was whip[)ed into shape. 

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Late in t Jctoher came the game witli tlic M6i\\ Infantry. It was a l)L-autit'ul 
game to watch — a well fought game from the kick-off until the final whistle. 
Early in the (nrst quarter, the 316th e.xecuted a successful forward ])ass, carrying 
the ball on this play from the center of the held to the fifteen-yard line. Their 
attack became sudden and strong, and our defense was unable to stop the onrush. 
Three plays gave them first down with the ball on the three-yard line, and the 
next two carried it over for a touchdown. They failed to kick the goal. In the 
second quarter, the 316th again scored by a cleverly executed drop-kick from the 
twenty-five-yard line. Our men took the tield at the beginning of the second half 
determinetl to overcome the lead, but succeeded only in keeping the 316th from 
further scoring. The final score of the game was 9 to 0. 

The 315th Infantry team was composed of the following men of the 
Regiment : 

Right F.nd 

Right Tackle 

Right ("luard 

Left ( iuanl 
Left Tackle 

Left End 


— Sergeant Julius Tucker . . . . M. G. Company 

Cook John McCauley . - - - "D" Company 

I'rivate George Dicttrich - - - . "G" Company 

— Private Michael Mattioni - - - - M. G. Company 

Private Edwin G. Powell - - - - ;m. G. Company 

— Sergeant .\])au Kau ----- "E" Company 

— Cor])oral .Mberl M. Young - - - - "B" Company 

Private William C. Ehring - - - M.G. Company 

— Private Charles Lotus - - - - ;M.G. Company 

— Pri\ate Harry Burch - _ - - Hqs. Company 

Corporal George Ambacher - - - - "C" Company 

— Cook Alfred D. Carson - - - - "M" Company 

T'ri\ate Harry C. Treager - - - Med. Detachment 

Pri\ate Josejih Jacobs - . - - "B"Com])any 

— First Sergeant Joseph Kilroy _ - - "K" Comjjany 

Private William Reeves - - - - "G" Company 

Right Halfback — Private Walter Keating - . - - Hqs. Company 

Left Halfl)ack — Sergeant Harry Greenwood - - - "K" Company 

Fullback — -First Sergeant Theodore Simendinger - - "L" Company 

Sergeant Julius Cashman - - - - '■^^' Company 

Later in the season one jiractice game was played against "L" Company, 
resulting in a victory for the Regimental team by the score of 10 to 0. 

To wind up the season, a game was scheduled to be played in Philadelphia 
between picked teams from Camp Meade and Camp Dix, New^ Jersey. On 
December 1st, a large contingent from Camp Meade journeyed to Philadeliihia 
to see the contest, which was played the following day, and which resulted in a 
defeat for Camp Meade by the score of 14 to 0. The representatives on this 
team from the 313th Infantrv were Lieutenants Lawson G. Bash and Raymond 

The game just mentioned practically ended the football career of the 315th 
Infantry, for during the football season in France we were too busy driving the 
Boche out of the Argonne forest and the Meuse valley to think of football. 
However, after the signing of the armistice, every Dixision in France put a 
representative team in the field to fight for the supremacy of the A. E. F. The 
79th Division football squad included the following men from the 315th Infantry: 
Private Thomas McHugh, "F" Company: Corporal Hugh Robinson, "A" Com- 
pany ; Sergeant George Spielberger, "A" Company : Sergeant George Ambacher. 
"C" Comnaiiv. 

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As might well be expected, the "great national game" was more enthusi- 
astically followed by a greater number of men than any other game. At least 
ninety per cent, of the male population of the United States have, at some time 
during their lives, participated in this most popular of all sports. Therefore, all 
were anxious to play, and throughout the months of October and November, 
1917, many inter-company games were witnessed. But it was not until the 
spring of 1918 that the real baseball fever began; and then the game reached 
the high point of its popularity. The largest sporting goods houses were taxed 
to their utmost to provide a sufficient quantity of equipment, and, without a 
doubt, fi\'e times as many games were played in the year 1918 as ever before 
in the history of baseball. 

During the month of March the Regimental drill grounds were the scene 
of many games during the afternoon period devoted to athletics. And then 
came the announcement from Division Headquarters of the various schedules 
that were to be played out The most comprehensive one was the playing for 
the company, battery or similar unit championship of the Division and of the 
entire cantonment. In this, every company or similar unit in the camp was to, 
and did, put a team into the field. They competed for their regimental or unit 
chamjjionship, and then the winner took part in the final series for the champion- 
ship of the camp. The other schedule provided for teams being picked from 
each regiment or separate unit and competing, first, for the Divisional champion- 
ship; and second, for the championship of the cantonment. 

It can readily be seen that these schedules meant the playing of hundreds 
of games, even though the champions were picked by the process of elimination; 
that is, that a team once defeated was out of the running. Immediately, every 
com])any in the Regiment started practicing daily in order to put the winning 
team in the field, and the latter part of April the series started. Many of the 
companies were quickly eliminated, and finally the title rested between "B" and 
"L" Companies. In the play-ofl^, "L" Company easily won by the score of 8 to 1, 
the players of "B" Company being unable to cope with the speed and curves of 
Seibold, formerly of the Athletics. 

The winning of this game gave the Regimental championship to "L" Com- 
pany, and put it in the running for Divisional honors. In its first outside game 
it defeated the 312th Machine Gun Battalion. At the beginning of the ninth 
inning the score stood 1 to 1. The machine gunners took the field and stayed 
there for some time chasing the ball all over the field. When finally they came in 

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Co .MP 

\NV L Baseball Team, the 1 

E\M Which Hkm) 

CHAM.O.SLUP AX. Was r.xxek-u; eo:.;.e d.',::;:,^:^^^^^^^.™^-,^ 


chal:^ 'r "°" ''°°' ' ^'^ '• ""' "' '^ '•^"'^""^d ^-Pi'^ ''-- valiant effort to 
"L" Company's second game, with "F" Company of the 316th Infantrv 

T his now made "L" Company the champion of the 158th Infantrv Pr,Vn,l. 

or he" 31 lu;"FiS tnrr'' ^'^""^"^- ^'^^ ^^"^>"^ ^-- wUh'Sten'^-T'' 
hi fdet-e. for til'-. rK °^;'r'''uP''°^'"^ *° "^^ 'ts Waterloo: for it re'sulted 
m a deteat for the doughboys" by the score of 4 to 

Private Thomas C. Price - _ . . 

Sergeant Theodore Simendinger 

Corporal Richard L. LeFevre 

Sergeant Reed Barnitz - _ . 

Private Walter R. Schoultz - . . 

Corporal Charles W. Staudeiiniayer 

Corporal John McMonagle - - . . 

Corporal Harry Hahn 

Corporal Harry Seibold 

r„ , IT •, r. „ SUBSTITUTES 

Corporal Ent.l F. Beck, Jr. Sergeant David Levine Corporal Charles Miller 

Before the company schedule had been finished, the regimental schedule 
^vas well under way. A great deal of credit is due to Lieutenant Srlel Freld- 

First Base 

Second Base 

Third Base 

- Short Stop 

Left Field 

Center Field 

Right Field, Pitcher 


Pitcher, Right Field 

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^HE 515 th Infant^ry 

Short Stop - 
Left I-'ielil - 

Center I*'ielil- 
































M. G. 




lander, Medical Detachment, 315th Infantry, for his untiring efforts in coaching 
the Regimental team. After about two weeks of try-outs he selected the fol- 
lowing men to represent the Regiment : 

First Base — Sergeant Theodore Simendinger - - - 

Corporal Louis Trappe - - - - 

Second Base — Private James White - - - - 

Third Base — Sergeant Robert Gallien . _ . . 

Sergeant Robert A. Evans . - - 

-Sergeant Reed Barnitz - - - - 

-lUigler Ottmar T. Eppel - _ - - 

Private Benjamin Conroy . _ _ 

-First Sergeant Joseph Kilroy - _ - 

Corporal James Ferris _ - - - 

Right I-'ield — Corporal Albert M. Young 

-Sergeant Julius Cashman _ _ _ . 

Corporal Edward Lash - - - - 

-Corporal Harry Seibold - - - 

Corporal John McMonagle - - - - 

Corporal Joseph Graham _ _ . 

Corporal Apau Kau ----- 

This series, also, was to be determined by the process of elimination, and therefore 
any team that lost a game was forever out of the running. The competing teams were 
divided into live separate leagues: the two Infantry Brigades, the Artillery Brigade, the 
Special Units of the Division, and tlie Special Units of the Camp outside of the Division. 

Our first game was with the 316th Infantry, after they had already defeated the 
312th Machine Gun Battalion, and resulted in a victory for us by the score of 9 to 6. 
This gave us the championship of our separate league, the 158th Brigade. In the mean- 
time the following teams Iiad won their respective leagues: the 3(l4th Ammunition Train, 
the 313th Infantry, and the 311th Field Artillery. The 154th Depot Brigade had won 
the league composed of the units outside of the Division, and were waiting to play the 
team that should win the Divisional championship, in order to determine the champion- 
ship of the Camp. 

Our second game was with the 304th Ammunition Train, wdiile at the same time 
the 313th Infantry played the 311tli Field Artillery. Our game was easily won, the score 
sheet showing a score of 16 to 2 at the end of the game; and 313th Infantry were like- 
wise the victors. This left the Divisional championship to be determined by the game 
between these two winning teams, and the play-off resulted in a victory for us by the 
score of 4 to 2. It was a well-fought contest throughout, but Seibold's pitching was 
too much for our opponents. 

We were now Divisional champions, but we still had to play the 154tli Depot Bri- 
gade to determine the championship of the cantonment. The game took place on a Sat- 
urday afternoon under perfect weather conditions, and liefore the largest crowd that 
ever witnessed a ball game at Camp Meade. "Johnny" McMonagle started the game, 
and pitched a steady and heady game throughout the full nine innings. It was a fault- 
less game. Every run that was made was well earned and it was anybody's game up to 
the very last minute of play. However, sad to relate, the Regiment was doomed to lose 
this all-important game by the score of 6 to 4. 

This ended our baseball season in the States, as we were extremely busy preparing 
for our departure for France on July 9th, and the remainder of the summer in France, 
with our intensive training and hard fighting, left very little time for sports. Nor were 
we able to play much baseball in the spring of 1919, as at that time we were busy pre- 
paring for our departure from France on May 16th. However, many inter-company 
games were played while in the Rimaucourt and Nantes areas. The rivalry was excep- 
tionally intense in the First Battalion in the latter area. In this, the honors will have 
to lie given to "A" Company, which, in the ninth inning, nosed out a victory over "B" 
Company by a 3 to 2 score, and then defeated "C" Company, 9 to 1. 

.Also, while in the Nantes area, a Regimental team was hastily selected to play the 
cS()9th Pioneers (colored), who were stationed in Nantes. The colored boys romped 
liome with a 10 to 3 victory, and, in a second game which was scheduled, were again 
victorious by the score of 5 to 3. Further baseball was curtailed by our return to the 
United States and demobilization. 

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-II — I 

Within two weeks after the arri\al oi the first units of the Regiment at Cam]) 
Aleade nearly every com])any in the Regiment had constructed oijen-air basketball 
courts on the parade grounds in front of their liarracks. Comjiany teams were 
organized and great rivalry existed between them. After numerous games had 
been played, "C" and "B" Companies remained the only teams that had not 
been defeated. A game was scheduled betwen the two latter teams and. after 
forty minutes of "rough and tumble" ])Iay. "B" Companv crawled off the field 
the victors by a 14 to 10 score. 

Then came the call for candidates for two Regimental teams — one com- 
posed of enlisted men and the other of officers. These teams were to re])resent 
the Regiment in the series for the Divisional and cantonment championshij). The 
candidates reported to the Regimental athletic officer. Lieutenant Orsen J. Gra- 
b.ini. a former star basketball player of .\lleghany College, lie coached both 
teams throughout the entire season, and at the same time acted as cajjtain of the 
officers' team, which had the following personnel : 

Right Forward — Lieutenant Russell ^L W'illard 
Left Forward — Captain Fred H. McClintock 
Center — Lieutenant Lawson G. Bash 

Right ( iuard — Lieutenant Samuel Friedlander 
Left (iuard — Lieutenant ( )rsen j. (iraham 
Substitute — Lieutenant I)a\i(l .M. Wallace 

"B" Company 

"B" Company 

"D" Com])any 

Medical Detachment 

"I" Company 

AL G. Company 

The following men represented the Regiment on the enlisted men's team : 

Right Forw'ard — Sergeant Robert A. Evans 
Left Forward — Corporal .Albert M. Young 
Center — Prixate Paul .\. Deegler 

Right Guard — Sergeant (ieorge .\mbacher 
Left Guard — Corporal Sinion A. Rhoades 
Substitutes — Corporal William Frey 

Private ( )llie .\ckroyd - 
Corporal John Fallon 
Corporal Harold C. Marshall 

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"A" Company 
"B" Company 
"C" Com])any 
"C" Company 
"B" Company 
"C" Company 
"B" Company 
"G" Company 
",\r' Comjiany 



Both teams started tlie season in whirlwind forni, and defeated every team 
that o])posed them. But the performance of similar teams from tlie 311th Field 
Artillerv was equally as good. Finally both championships rested between the 
.Sllth Field iVrtillery and the 315th Infantry. The teams we had played and 
defeated up to this time were as follows; 


- 64 316th Infantry - - - - 18 
34 304th Ammunition Train - - 21 

- 36 154th Depot Brigade - - - 23 
28 313th Infantry - - - - 16 

315th Infantry 
315th Infantry 
3 1 5th Infantry 
315th Infantry 

315th Infantry 
315th Infantry 
315th Infantry 
315th Infantry 
315th Infantry 

Enlisted Men 

67 313th Infantry 

35 316th Infantry 

56 304th Ammunition Train 

84 312th Field Artillery - 

48 324th Signal Battalion ■ 


It was arranged to play both games oft' with the 311th Field Artillery on the 
same night in the main auditorium of the Y. M. C. A., where all the other 
games had been played. To a man the 315th Infantry turned out to support its 
teams, and the most enthusiastic rooter of all was Colonel Rosenbaum. The 
supporters of the Artillery were almost as numerous. The bands of both units 
were present. 

The enlisted men's teams started the evening's performance and, at the end 
of the hrst half, the "doughboys" led with a score of 11 to 7. Their defense had 
been perfect, the Artillery scoring all of their points by fouls. Then the officers 
played the first half of their game. But they were not so successful, the Artillery- 
men ha\ing a lead of eight points at the end of the half. Score 17 to 9. The 
enlisted men then took the floor to finish up their game, thoroughly refreshed 
after their long rest. The game remained fairly close until about the last five 
minutes of play, when the "doughboys," with a sudden and unexpected burst 
of speed, played their opponents otif their feet. The game ended with a score of 
30 to 20, and of the 20 points scored against us only four were scored by field 
goals, the other sixteen being scored by Hughes, left forward, who had the habit 
of never missing a chance to shoot a foul goal. In fact, this same man scored 
the t\yo field goals, thereby scoring every point that was made by his team. In 
the second half, the officers made a valiant attempt to overcome the lead, and in 
the last few minutes of play it looked as though they were going to do so. But 
the time was not sufficient, for the whistle blew with the score 26 to 22 in favor 
of the 311th Field Artillery. However, this divided the honors, and all who wit- 
nessed the games were satisfied with the result. 

This was the finish of basketball at Camp Meade, but our teams played 
several post-season games. The officers played one game against the Catholic 
University of Washington, D. C. winning it in the last few seconds of play by 

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a cle\er shot hy Lieutenant Willard from the center of the floor, the final score 
beins; 22 to 21. The enHstccI men tried their skill in three games; two with St. 
Columbia, the American League champions, of Philadelphia, and the other against 
Alt. St. Josejjh College of lunmitslnirgh, Marylaiul. All resulted in defeats for 

us, but they wen 
scores : 

3L^lh IntaiUry - 
,S15th Inl'antry 
315lh Inlantrv - 

all close and hard- fought contests. The following were tht 

- 29 St. Columbia - - - - - Z}> 
18 St. Columbia - - - - 25 

- 29 Mt. St. Joseph College - - - 31 

The basketball season of 191S-19 found us in the A. E. V . in I'rance. 
Shortly after we moved back from the devastated region aroun<l Danuillers to 
the Souilly area, the Division athletic officer announced that the \arious units 
would com])ete for the Division championship : that the winning team would 
represent the Division in the Corps series, and, if successful there, in the .\rm\' 
series, and so on up to the final championship of the A. E. ]■". 

.\s a result of this announcement, a call for candidates for the Regimental 
team was sent out, ;uid when they re])orted, it was sur])rising to note how nianv 
of the old-timers had departed from the Regiiuent. We had but three days of 
practice before the first game was played, and this practice was held on a court 
"B" Company had constructed in one of its billets, a huge barn. However, a 
team was formed which finished the league undefeated. Many of the miits in 
the Division did not organize teams, so it was only necessary for us to plav three 
games in order to win the Divisional championship. The first game was on 
ALarch 6th, 1919, and by March 11th we had carried away the honors. The 
following were the teams jjlayed and the scores : 

315th Infantrv - - - 41 316th Infantrv - - . . S 

315th Infantry - - 12 312th Field Artillery - - - 5 

315th Infantry - - - 32 304th Ammunition Train - - 16 

On the morning of March 12th, we left by motor-truck for (londrecourt, 
where we played the 88th Division that afternoon, in the first game of the 9th 
Corps series. Then and there we realized that our chances of winning this cham- 
pionship were small, for we learned that all the other teams in the league were 
composed of star players picked from the entire divisions. Nevertheless, we 
intended to see it through, and our opponents always knew that they had been 
playing basketball before the game was over, even though some of the .scores 
made against us were rather large. In the game with the 88th Division, the score 
stood 26 to 5 at the end of the first half. However, we came back with a rush 
in the second half, scoring 21 points to their 12, making the final score of the 
game 38-26. 

The following day we journeyed to Foul, where we played the 35th and 28th 
Divisions before returning to our own area. The scores were as follows: 

315th Infantry, 79th Division - - 22 35th Division - - - 36 

315th Infantrv, 79th Division - 11 28th Division - - 47 

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On March 22nd, we again returned to Toul via motor-truck to play all the 
remaining games on the schedule, as we had no suitable place in which to play 
in our area. We were there until the 27th, and during that time we played the 
following games : 

315th Infantry, 79th Division - - 20 .S8th Division - - - 59 

315th Infantry, 79th Division - 28 35th Division - - 32 

315th Infantry, 79th Division - - 20 2Sth Division - - - 39 

315th Infantry, 79th Division - 39 9th Corps - - - 13 

315th Infantry, 79th Division - - 2 9th Corps (Forfeit) 

In this last game with the 35th Division, winners of the Corps championship, 
they had attempted to start the game with three substitute players : but inside 
of ten minutes they had all their regular players in the game, for by that time 
we had a substantial lead of fourteen points. As it was, they just barely had 
time enough to recover and win the game. In the game with the 9th Corps, it 
was decided that the losing team should forfeit the other game which had been 
postponed. By defeating them we kept out of last place in the league. 

Upon our return we found that the Division was moving to the Rimaucourt 
area. We remained in this latter area only a short time, but while there we 
played one game against the Hosjjital Center team, picked from the units of Base 
Hospitals Nos. 58, 59 and 64, which were still stationed there. It was an easy 
victory for us by a 48 to 10 score. 

We also played one game in our next area around Nantes, and this proved to 
be our last one in the A. E. F. It was against the 13th Marines, who were 
stationed in Nantes, and resulted in a victory for us by the score of 21 to 6. 

The following men represented the 315th Infantry in basketball while in 
the A. E. F. : 

Right Forward — Private Frederick Riesen - - _ - "M" Company 

Lieutenant Russell M. Willard - - - Hqs. Company 

Private Robert H. Davis _ _ - _ Hqs. Company 

Left Forward — Captain Fred H. McClintock - - - "B" Company 

Sergeant Daniel Evans ----- "D" Company 

Center — Sergeant Robert A. Evans - _ _ "A" Company 

Young - - - "B" Company 
Sergeant Harold C. Marshall - - - "M" Company 

Private Michael Donahue - - - - Hqs. Company 

Left Guard — Corporal William Frey _ - - - "C" Company 

Right Guard — First Sergeant Albert M 

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Boxing and wrestling were by far the most popular of all s])orts within the 
Regiment, as far as spectators were concerned. Interest was shown in these 
sports, esjiecially the former, immediately after the arrival of the first contingent 
of troops in the Regiment along the latter ]iart of the month of September, 1917. 
By the middle of ( )ctober, a platform had been erected in the center of the 
Regimental block of buildings, and matches could be seen as often as three or 
four nights a week. I'or the most part these bouts were between men of the 
Regiment, but upon numerous occasions other units accepted our challenge and 
sent over a string of fighters. The visitors always returned to their own outfits 
disap])ointed, for we never lost one of these dual meets. 

These exhibitions brought forth many illustrious fighters, such as "Young 
Johnny Dundee" (Saddler John DeLuise), "Joe" (iavin, "W'hitcv Baker" ( Cor- 
])oral Walter F. Rrzozowski), "Stanley Hinkle" ( Private Roland Hamilton), and 
"Eddie" Cavanaugh ; also wrestlers Sergeant .Stanley L. Ilern and Private, first 
class, Vincent Mammacari. .Several weeks later Division Headc|uarters exhil)ited 
a great interest in these sports, particularly boxing, for it developed the quickness 
of the eye and muscles necessary to the proper handling of the rifle in bayonet 
work. So Division Headquarters issued schedules of many matches to be held 
throughout the Division. The best of these were held at the Liberty Theatre, 
and in all of them some of the above mentioned men represented oin* Regiment 
in a very creditable style. 

While en route for France on the U. S. .S. America, an interesting match 
was held between the Army and the Navy, which consistetl of four bouts. The 
first went to the Navy, the .sailor having handled his oi)])onent so roughly in the 
first round that the fight had to be stopped. The second was declared a draw, 
and the third a win for (Savin. In the final bout, six rounds, "Eddie" Cavanaugh, 
lis pounds, held his opponent, 1.^8 pounds, to a draw. 

The ])opularity of these s])orts nowise lessened in I'rance. Shortly after the 
signing of the armistice, the newspapers were filled with ever incre;ising accounts 
of bouts taking place throughout the entire .A. E. F. When the Regiment arri\ed 
at the Souillv area, a Regimental string of boxers and wrestlers was called 
together, but its ranks were sadly depleted when the call came for material 
for the Divisional team, leaving only five out of an original twelve. They were 
Corporal William McCartney, Headquarters Company ; Private, first class. Albert 
E. Riley, "C" Company: Private John I*". Monahan. "V." Com]jany ; Private 
Frank Viviano. "G" Company, and Corporal Ceorge W. McCool, "G" Company. 
Of these, McCartney would have made the Divisional team had he not sustained 


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Regimental Boxing at Camp Meade 

a fractured arm in one of tlie Regimental bouts, in which he secured a "knock- 
out" in the first round against a man from the 316th Infantry. 

From the 1st of February until our departure for the United States on 
May 17th, Lieutenant Russell M. Willard, Regimental athletic officer, arranged 
at least one boxing match a week within the Regiment for the entertainment of 
all. For the most part these matches consisted of bouts between men of the 
Regiment, but now and then a stranger would come over to try his skill. In 
meeting these outsiders McCartney added further to his laurels by getting a draw 
with Kenny, of the Is-sur-tille Bakery, and a decision in four rounds from 
Samson (colored), of the 308th Pioneer Infantry, who at one time had been 
sparring partner to the world-famous "Battling" Nelson. Also, Riley won in 
three rounds from an aspirant from the 312th Field Artillery, but lost the de- 
cision to a 311th Field Artilleryman, after fighting an extra round. However, 
he came back strong while in Rimaucourt by knocking out Corporal Valento, of 
the Is-sur-tille Bakery, in the first round. 

It would be impossible to follow the fighting careers of the 315th Infantry 
men on the Divisional team, otherwise than by the brief history of each, which 
follows : 

Private Roland Hamilton (Stanley Hinkle), 145 lbs. 
Headquarters Company 
Hinkle fought about twenty fights while at Camp Meade, Maryland, some 
of the principal ones being with Kane of the 311th Field Artillery, which he won 
by a knock-out in the first round; with Harry O'Donnell, 314th Infantry, won by 
a knock-out in the first round : with "Joe" O'Neil, draw, six rounds ; and with 
"Paddy" Sylvester, decision, six rounds. 

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Tnf-n;m^''''l'T"'"'"''T^'''%''' '""-'" '-' ''>■='"■ "'^'i L't-utcnant Dean Mnh 
So ; • , r ■",■■'" ""' ^"' '"l^ "^^'^^ *h^ Divisional boxing team. Wh le a 

rl-,«^"A^r'"''''n"n"''''' "".'^ '°"'^ °^ ^'^'^ '^^^^ "^^'t ^^^"'^e has in the welterwcicrht 
^n r.rl"' ,r' ^^'t^^y^I^l^t champion of the French Army, lost to H ,kle 

terent occasion;,. His last match in Pans was with Eustache ex-welterwei-ht 
chami„on of Prance, from whom he won on a decision. ^^eltcru eight 

CcKPOR.M, Walter F. Bkzozowski (Whitev Baker), 142 lbs. 

"F' Company 
Baker did not do any hghting while at Camp Meade, except a few exhibition 

pkce'o"'thr7Si,"D" """'r "'""-^^ ^'""'^ ™""^" "°— »- e^^il't 1 1 
Cnrn f .1 ^^,''\ ^'y.'^'™ '^"^"'S tcam. While at Souilly he fought a-ainst 

i:67o:\ri s:'. !^i:'^'^'"- ^"^^'"- ^"^ ^-^^- -^ «™- -^ the^nd^:^:^n; 

in th^f^""'^ ?-\ 'f^'T''. J'"^ '"'" '" "^^ liospit'-il. and he did not again appear 
u r [•^,""'' ^'^^ ^'^■'^'"" ^^'i^^ i" 'lie Kimaucourt area where he f 5 1 
Wilhe Ritchie" an exhibition bout " 

Saddler John (Young Johnny Dmulee), 128 lbs. 

XT T^ Supply Company 

\oung Dundee's record is a long and clean one. While at Camp Meade he 
fought at least thirty bouts, and never lost one. .Among his principal yktories 
were: a decision against '•Billy" Bevens in four rounds Ta draw uX " ol niw" 
Piazzi. ten romuls ; a win from ".Andy" Burns in six rounds : Tiul k loJk- t in 
the third round against "Patsy" DeLucco 

4ir."\"^''V'T^'', ''^''^'"" °" *'''' Regimental team while at Chaumont-sur- 
Aire, where he fought two exhibition bouts against "\\illie Ritchie "He Z<, 
then taken to Souilly for the Dixisional team. ^U. fought but one tiHit for he 
Division against Morse of the 9th Corps, whom he stopped in four rounds 

IHs fir't'l \';,'.f' ""' °^ ''■'; ^,7' "^ '''' ^^'^' "'^i^'^" '^^"^ to show in pTrl : 
h. hrst bout there was with JIusson, the clever Frenchman. The bout ended 

o mee^Hn "" ""•''' '?-f^^"'1^ ^ '"^ ''''' ^^ --« ^-=i"ed the follow ngTeek 

o meet Hus.son again. Ihis battle was a win for Dundee. He fought fiv? other 

bouts in Pans against clever Frenchmen, and won them all: two aga st Markle 

one with Maickle. and two with Markcourt. "^ ^uarkie, 

Mecjiamc Joseph Gavin. 118 lbs. 

Supply Company 

nnri n,!,^ ^T'V^^'"''''^''' ^^''''' ^°°^ °" '"'^ °"^ ^''^'^ ^^■''>^^ anywhere near his weight 

sTth Tnf of the 315th nfantry, McArnold, 312th Field Artillery, Brady 

.313th Infantry, and "\oung Mayo" of the Base Hospital. All of these bouts 
were won by the knock-out route, except the one with Mayo, who went the wSo J 
distance but ended on the short end of the decision. On board the U ss 
Hirn'.v; ]^7!-' '"'^ ''' '''''°''-''^' ^''.^ "^'"^ °^ ^'"'^^' ^hom he beat in six rounds: 
mrt of aS '"fQiQ'°'i"'f'-°" '''''^' '^'-^ =^"">' ^""■^^'- ^^=1^^ ^t Souilly in the early 
part of March, 1919. Fighting as a member of the Divisional team, he met and 
defeated Meehan ot the 35th Division, and Gallagher of the 9th Corps 

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His career in Paris in the squared circle was one of great success. There 
he met and defeated Glace, the cle\er French bantam, and secured two draws 
from Dolet, another Frenchman. 

His last appearance in the ring while in France was at Nantes, where he 
met "Young Hartman" of the 82nd Aero Squadron, who had made a great 
reputation around Nantes, winning from all his opponents. Gavin knocked him 
out in the third round of a scheduled six round liout. 

Gavin's ring career while in the army was a great success, for in all his fights 
he never came out on the losing end. 

Private Edw.xrd (Eddie) C.-wanaugh, 118 lbs. 
Company "B" 

Cavanaugh fought many battles while at Camp Meade. Among these he 
secured a draw with "Johnny Dundee," 315th Infantry. His biggest fight took 
jflace at the Liberty Theatre against "Joe" McGuirk of the 312th Field Artillery. 
It was a battle every minute throughout the entire six rounds and ended in a 

(^)n the way over seas he met a sailor by the name of Britt, 138 lbs., and in 
a fast exhibition of boxing held him to a draw for six rounds. While fighting 
at Souilly on the Divisional team he met Corporal Smith, of the 9th Corps, and 
Harry Forbes of the 35th Division, both fights resulting in wins for him. 

His Paris record was on a par with the other boxers from the Divisional 
team. There he fought and beat Alec Pippo, an Italian, in a fast bout. And 
there also he took the decision from Faroe, LeFavre, and Ritz, all Frenchmen. 
His last fight in the A. E. F. was at Rimaucourt, where he beat Lyons of the 
36th E\acuation Hospital in four rounds. 

Sergeant Stanley L. Hern, 125 lbs. 
Company "H" 
Hern did no wrestling while at Camp Meade. He commenced his army 
career as a wrestler when the Division was in the Souilly area, where he was a 
member of the Divisional team. His first bout was with DePino of the 35th 
Division, from whom he won in 1 minute and 35 seconds. At Commercy, he 
met Adams of the 9th Corps, from whom he got the decision after going the 
full period of time and an extra fi\e minutes. These victories qualified him to 
enter the 2nd .\rmy championships, which were held in Toul on March 17, 1919. 
There he met Nelson, of the 5th Division, and lost after a hard fought struggle 
lasting several minutes. 

Private, First Class, Vincent Mammacari, 162 lbs. 
Company "H" 

Mammacari started his career as a wrestler in Rome. Italy, and held his own 
among his countrymen. On coming into the army he decided to win laurels from 
his fellow soldiers. While at Camp Meade he met Ziegler, a former New York 
amateur champion, and stayed on the mat with him for six minutes. Pallnian, 
the heavyweight, however, was a stumbling block for him. Beating this big 
fellow once, he lost out to him at the second meeting for the championship of 
Camp Meade. 

While in France in the Souilly area, he was a successful competitor for the 
Division wrestling team. Representing the Division, he met Hanson of the 35th 
Division and was defeated by breaking a toe after about two minutes on the 
mat. He was unable to meet any one else until after we arrived at the Rimau- 
court area, where he met Olsen, of the Is-sur-tille Baker\', whom he defeated in 
six minutes of asjgressive wrestlinsf. 


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Tlic game of soccer was perhaps played more Iiy llie various coinpaiiies in the Retfi- 
inent tliaii any other Ramc, princiiially liccause it is an excellent form of exercise and 
a great numher can take ])art in it; and also hecanse it can he played in almost any kind 
of weather and on almost any kind of grounds. 

Wliilc the Regiment was in the United States, it was played for the purpose of exer- 
cise only, hut in I'Vance its possihilities as a sport were developed to a greater or less 
extent. The full credit for this develojiment is due to Mr. George II. Burford. of the 
Y. ]\r. C. A., wdio was assigned to the Regiment ahout the first of Fehruary. 1919. In 
the States he had heen actively engaged in this sport, having coached three champion- 
ship teams in the New England states. Within a few weeks he had aroused a keen 
interest in the game. and. when he sent out a call for candidates for a Regimental team, 
some very i)ronHsing material reported for practice. We were in the Souilly area at 
this time, and I'or the ])urpose of training, the candidates were called t<i Chaumont- 
sur-.\ire and hilleted there. By the tirst of March a very crcditahle team had liecn 
whipped into shape. 

The series for the Divisional championship was scheduled to start in the very near 
future so. for the purpose of a work-out, a practice game was arranged with the 304th 
Sanitary Train. The residt of this game was very disappointing and showed that there 
was need of much hard work if we were to contend successfully for the Divisional 
honors. -As later results showed, however, our practice game liad lieen with the very 
hest team in the Division, for they won the championship without any great difficulty. 
A 9 to score in favor of the Sanitary Train was the result of this game. 

The second week in Marcli the Divisional scries started. In this series our team 
played four games, winning two and losing two. Tlie fidlowing were the results: 
,315th Infantry. 2 — .^i6th Infantry, ,W4th Sanitarv Train, 4 — 315tli Tnfantry. 

3I2th Field .\rtilery. 7— 315th Tnfantry. 315th Infantry. 2— 314th Infantry, 

-Mso. while in the Souilly area, inter-company games to decide the Regimental 
championship were arranged and ])layed. Before the championship could be decided. 
we moved from this area, and no chance for playing off the balance of the games pre- 
sented itself, as we were too busy preparing for an early return to the United States, 

Private John Camp. M. G. Comi)any 

Private Horace Crawl, "Si. G. Company - 
Sergeant W. J. Devlin, "A" Company 
Sergeant Robert .\. Evans, "A" Company 
Corporal Jciseph Mulvey, "C" Company- 
Private John Hoffman, M. G. Company - 
1st Sergeant Karl Ley. "L" Company 
Private l.inwood Mers. M. G. Company - 
Private Dennis Gilmore. "M" Comjiany 
Private Frank Stockdale, "A" Company - 
Private John Crawford. "M" Company 
Private John McLaughlin. "R" Company - 
Private Joseph Wolf, Hqs. Company - 
Sergeant Joseph Davidson, "C" Com])any 
Private hrank Schradcr, Med, Dct, 

- Goal 


Right Fullback 

Left Fullback 

Right Halfback 

Center Halfback 

Left Halfback 

Left Halfback 

Center Forward 

Inside Right 

Inside Right 

Outside Right 

Inside Left 

Inside Left 

Outside Left 

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Field Events 

The first event of any importance in tlie line of field sports while at Camp Meade 
was in tlie nature of a field meet, and took place on Liherty Field on Liberty Day, a 
day devoted to various exercises in promotion of the Second Liberty Loan. Practically 
every unit in the Camp had entries in every event. When all the points scored by the 
various organizations were totaled up it was found that the 315th Infantry had won the 
pennant by a very substantial margin. 

Previous to the Liberty Day field meet there had been a two and a half mile cross- 
country run. In this event one hundred and twenty-six men from the various organi- 
zations started and one hundred and six finished. There were prizes for the first five 
men to finish, and also a team prize, which was won by the 316th Infantry. The 315th 
Infantry had several entries, but Thomas Patterson, of "I" Company, was tlie only 
one who came in for a prize, finishing fifth. 

On January 1st, 1918, a six and a half mile cross-country race was held in Phila- 
delphia, Pennsylvania, in which teams were entered from Camp Meade. Camp Dix, the 
Philadeljiliia Navy Yard, and the Ambulance Corps of Allentown, Pennsylvania. There 
Patterson further added to his laurels by winning the first military prize, for lie led the 
entire field at the finish. However, Camp Meade lost out for the team prize, as it had 
not entered a full team. The team prize went to Camp Dix. 

The 31Sth Infantry held a big field meet on Memorial Day, May 30, 1918. Some 
of the events were the sack race, the three-legged race, the equipment race, the obstacle 
race, the broad jump, the grenade throw, and the wig-wag and semaphore for accuracy 
and speed. The winner of each event got five dollars worth of trade at the Regimental 
Exchange, second place received three dollars' worth, and third place one dollar's worth. 
"K" Company won the meet, with "L" Company second and "I" Company third. 

In France, shortly after the signing of the armistice, plans were laid for the great 
Inter-Allied track and field meet to be held in Paris. In order to bring fortli all of the 
best talent in the A. E. F., track meets were held in each division, and the men winning- 
first place in any event qualified for the preliminary try-outs for the great event in 
Paris. In the 79th Division meet held at Souilly on \larch 26, 1919. Harry Rabinowitz, 
Headquarters Company. 315th Infantry, won the eight mile Marathon in 53 minutes, 
and Tliomas Patterson, "I" Company, finished third. Alfred Carson, Jr.. got second in 
the broad jump. However, Rabinowitz, who had qualified for the semi-finals at Paris 
was unable to compete, owing to the early departure of 79th Division for the L'nited 

For the purpose of developing the physical well-being of the entire Army. G. H. Q. 
issued orders that every man in the A, E. F. would take part in every event of a Pen- 
tathalon, which accompanied this order. So. while in the Rimaucourt area, every man 
in the Re.giment went through the record course. When the records of the companies 
were averaged, it was found that "G" Company was the winning company of the Regi- 
ment. It was planned that "G" Company should compete for the Brigade champion- 
ship, and. if successful, for the Divisional championship and soon up to the A. E. F. 
finals, but the return of the Regiment to the United States in May, 1919, prevented the 
carrying out of these plans. 

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I \\ ritteii liy the Kditors) 

In any history which deals with welfare work in the 315th Infantry, jironii- 
iKiit mention must be made of the work of the Chaplain, who ministered not 
only to till' spiritual needs of the Kesiiment hut to its ])hysieal needs as well. In 
this brief account of the Cha|)lain's work, the term Chaplain is used in a collective 
sense to denote all the cha])lains who jdanned and labored and fouj(ht in the 
interest of the ,il5th Infantry; it includes those who serxed with the i-iegiment 
tluring the days of training in the United States and h'rance, those who served 
during the period of active operations, and those who served during the months 
following the armistice. F.ach in turn gave his liest to the Regiment, and each 
has taken his place in the memory of its members. 

The position of the C"ha])lain in the Regiment was unlike that of anv of its 
other menibers. Mis posili(.in brought him iiUo close and frc(|uent contact wilii 
officers and men. and he came to know, as no other man possibly could, 
the thoughts and views of both groups, .\lthough commissioned as a first lieu- 
tenant, the Chaplain, in the performance of his duties, was brought into intimate 
association with the men of the Regiment, and they in turn felt a closer kinship 
to him than to any of the regular line officers. In the nature of things, 
conditions could not be otherwise. Thus the Chaplain c.une to act as an important 
connecting link between officers and men. enaljling both to gain a cle;irer con- 
ception and ;ippreciation of the other's thoughts and actions. 

The Chaplain's work was of the most diverse and intricate nature. To the 
mind of the average layman, the work of an army chaplain consists simplv in 
holding religious services for the living and burial services for the dead. Such 
a thought was not borne out in actual practice, for. as a matter of actual fact. 
such duties formed the smallest part of the Chaplain's work. In the .M.^th 
Infantry the Chaplain wielded a ]W)werfu! influence in the daily life of the mem- 
bers of the Regiment, lie became their confidant in matters which thev could 
not discuss with others : he undertook missions and responsibilities for them 
which they were not able to undert.nke themselves because of the restrictions 
of military training; he hel])ed them in an educational way: he ])rovided them 
with entertainment: through his efforts they were enabled to secure of the 
comforts and luxuries of life which otherwise thev would luive been forced to 
forego: he directed their activities and energy into channels which were con- 
ducive to their best health and interests; and last, but most im])ortant of .ill. he 
acted as their religious adviser and brought to them spiritual aid and comfort 
during the most trying ex])eriences of their lives. 

The work' of the Clia])l.iin needs no written ])raise or laudation, for the 
results of his untiring and imseltish devotion to the cause of the RegimeiU have 
been permanently engraved on its memory. Ills work has won for him a ])lace 
in the heart of every member of the ,il5lh Infantry, and his reward is to be 
found in the sense of duly well done and in the esteem and admiration which he 
has so worthily earned. 



P.igo Tlui'f IMI'l.v-tliri'e 


The 315 th Infant^ry 

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Memorial Service for the Dead of the 315th Infantry, November 17, 1918 

An account written hy Cliaplain Richard V. Lancaster, 3I5th Infantry 

( )n the first Sunday after the Kcsimi-nl had settled in the towns of Uamvillers 
and Etraye immediately following the armistice, as the Regimental Chaplain. I 
called the men together for a memorial service in honor of the men who had 
fallen. The Damvillers service was attended hy memhers of Second Battalion. 

In Etraye, Lieutenant Colonel Burt issued an order for the assem1)ling of 
the h'irst and Third Battalions in an open field just on the edge of town. F>riga- 
dier (ieneral Johnson, then in command of the Brigade, with his aides, was one 
of the attendants at the service and spoke hriefly near the close of tlie service 
in honor of the men. .My own memorial address was as follows: 

"We have come together to-day for a doulile purpose — to render homage 
and honor to those of our comrades who ha\e fallen on the field of battle, and 
to return our thanks to .Vlmight)- (iod for tlie \ictt>rious close of tlie most 
ghastly w^ar that ever cursed humanity with its (jresence. It is not a time for 
many words to be s])oken. It is rather such a time as makes one wish to draw 
aside to some quiet j)lace and bow his lu-ad on his breast, and in eager, l>ate<l 
breath say, "( ) God, 1 thank thee." 

It will always be a proud memory that we fought up to the minute of elex'en 
o'clock, that not one fibre of our muscle was relaxed by all the rumor of peace, 
but that with all our energy and might we gripped and clutched and fought in 
hope that our enemy's position would crack, and he be forced to retreat. It will 
always be a regretful memory that within the last day, nay even within the last 
hour of war, we were forced to see comrades fall on the field before us. Some 
of you have said over and over again what a j)ity that so and so fell in the very 
last moment. Yes, God knows a thousand pities, but their falling is a challenge 
to us. It is a voice that calls us to new duties and higher enter])rise. We shall 
soon be walking away from the field of battle: before many weeks, it may be, we 
shall be taking otir place again among the friends and associates in home and 
business. To what sort of life and purpose shall we go back? With what spirit 
shall we take up the tools that we ha\e not handled for many months? Men, 
let us go in the old fields again with a refined and new life. Let us plant in those 
fields the best that service and sacrifice here had to teach us. and. facing the future 
with grim yet humane determination, let us fill up the measure of the sacrifice of 
those who have given their life for their coimtry. their hope and their (iod. 

In these days and experiences through which we have passed we have gained 
and learned much. We have learned the awful waste of needless strife, we 
have seen the weakness of force when it is not in and for the right, we have 
learned the power of co-operation and comradeship, we have come to appreciate 
something of the brotherhood of man. We have experienced in a signal way the 
joy of \ictory and the finished task. More than this we have tried out the reality 
of ])rayer and ha\e come to trust in the goodness and mercy of (iod. More than 
once we have drawn oursehes together and pressed on to find that the limits of 
our endurance and strength were farther off than we thought they were. We 
have taken a new measure and appraisement of our manhood. Let us then go 
back into the life at home and invest these things which ex])erience has given 
us here in such a way that men may say of us as they did of (Cromwell's soldiers 
that they not only knew how to fight but how to live. Let us start going in the 
life of .-\merica new streams of clear living ideals and power, so that in the 
coming days America shall be ushered forth into the ])urest light and the noblest 
life that she has ever known. May (jod be with us through each day of what 
now lies before us here, watch over our loved ones on the other side, and bring 
us to our homes in peace." 


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There are few persons who, unless they have become acquainted through 
personal experience with army life and army conditions, can appreciate at its full 
value the work of those organizations which have to do with the welfare of 
troops in camp, in the field and in battle. As part of America's great National 
Army, the 315th Infantry was afforded an opportunity of witnessing at first 
hand the work of the Red Cross, the Young Men's Christian Association, the 
Knights of Columbus, the Salvation Army and the Jewish Welfare Board in 
the World War, and to those organizations the Regiment will ever accord a full 
measure of thanks and gratitude for the work done in providing for the comfort 
and welfare of its members, a work which jilayed an all-important part in main- 
taining and upbuilding the morale of the Regiment as a whole. 

Throughout the life of the 315th Infantry each of the organizations men- 
tioned played its part. There is not a man in the Regiment who will fail to recall 
the welfare work done by the Red Cross at railroad centers and embarkation 
centers in the United States and in France, the work done in hospital centers 
at home and abroad, and the work done among the troops on the line and in 
the billeting areas. Recalled also will be the comforts and recreation provided by 
the Y. M. C. A. and K. of C. in Camp Meade, in the training areas in France, 
in the lines, and finally in the billeting areas which the Regiment occupied for 
so many weary months following the armistice. In the same manner, also, the 
Salvation Army and the Jewish Welfare Board helped brighten life in the army 
by their contributions of supplies and service. 

(Jf all the organizations mentioned, however, the Y. M. C. A. was the only 
one to maintain representatives who were permanently and exclusively attached 
to the 315th Infantry, and, as a result, the work of the Y. M. C. A. representa- 
tives attached to the Regiment becomes a logical part of the history of the 315th 
Infantry. The history of the Y. M. C. A. work in the 315th Infantry which 
follows was written by Judge Eskil C. Carlson, who served with the Regiment 
from the time of its arrival in France until its final demobilization at Camp Dix, 
New Jersey. Under the circumstances no one is better qualified to tell of 
the welfare work in the 315th Infantry than is Judge Carlson. 


This histiiry shall only attempt to relate lery generally the work of the V. M. C. .\. 
in the 315th Infantry during the period which the Regiment spent in h'rance. The (irst 
secretaries assigned to the Regiment were assigned about .\ugust 1, 1918. and included 
the following: William R. Peoples, a minister from Georgia; William C. Mitchell, a 
professor in the Extension Department of Oherlin College; and Eskil C. Carlson, a mu- 
nicipal judge from Des Moines, Iowa. These three men did their best to bring to the 
315th Infantry the greatest possible amount of canteen supplies and entertainment. 
During the Montfaucon drive and the drive east of the Meuse, they managed to get sup- 
plies of cholocate and cigarettes through to the men, thought not, of course, in the cpian- 
tity that they or the men desired. In addition to securing supplies, the Y. M. C. A. 
representatives took over the task of sending lumie money for the ofificers and men who 
desired to have it forwarded to the United States. 

Just ])rior to the occupancy of the Grande Montague sector )iy the 315th Infantry, 
Mr. Mitchell left the Regiment, having been assigned to another organization, .\fter 
the armistice, the service of the "Y" was rendered in the desolate villages of Etraye 
and Damvillers. Although more than 60 kilometers distant from the base of supplies, 
the "Y," through the co-operation of the army's motor transport corps, was still able 
to furnish canteen supplies to supplement the otherwise monotonous army ration. 


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V. M. C. A. Skikf.takiks Attai hi:i> to the ^'I-Vih Ixfantkv 

Slmrtly alter its arrival in tlie Smiilly area, three new secretaries joined tlie F^e.ifi- 
iiieiit. These were Mr. George Burford, an atliletic coach from Fitts1)iirs";h. Pennsyl- 
vania; Miss Blanche Evans, a school teacher from Pittshnrgh, Pennsylvania: and Miss 
Syhil Richards, an interior decorator from West Chelmsford, Massacluisctts. In this 
area the athletic work progressed rapidly and fnll sniiplics of hasehall. foothall and 
basketball materials were fnrnislied and games condncted in co-operation vvitli the unit 
athletic oflicers. Especially notable was the record of the boxers trained and man- 
aged liy Mr. Mnrford. In tliis area. also, the ■■>'" was enabled to eidargc and extend 
its entertainment service, whicli had been maintained more or less intermittently since 
the days of the training area. 

The work of the women secretaries was snch as to give the men of the Regiment the 
wholesome intlnence of .American womanhood. Men with only men are a sad group. 
but the inHuence of .American girls on a grou]) of .American men brings with it an 
atmosphere of home and an environment that is ui)lifting. The work of the women secre- 
taries during their stay with the 315th Infantry received the highest praise and com- 
mendation from Colonel Knowles. the Regimental Commander. 

Taken as a whole, the work of the "\'. M. C. .\. in the .M5th Infantry was carried 
on under the most tryin.g circumstances. Transjiortation was always a prime necessity, 
but unfortunately was most scarce in the Regiment and the Division Xevertheless the 
work carried on is felt to have been worth while, and each secretary is more than 
proud of hi.s connection with the 315th Infantry. 

The work of the secretaries would have availed but little without the co-operation 
of the various unit commanders. The officers of the Regiment were at all times more 
than willing and generous in their co-operation, so that whatever success was obtained 
is due in a considerable measure to those officers who made it possible by their spirit, 
help and influence. 

In closing, I can do no more than quote from the official inspector's report on the 
V. M. C. -A. work in the 315th Infantry which says in part: "The work as a whole was 
one which can best be estimated by thinking of what would have been the conditions 
had there been no such organization. ***** fhe Y. M. C. .A. has fulfdled a 
mission for which every officer and man wlm thinks and who analyzes will be eternally 



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Colonel Knowles Addressing Reciment at Than'Ksgiving Day Exercises in Damvillers 



(Xovemher 2,S. 1918) 

One of the days in France which we shall never forget was our Thanksgiving Day 
in Damvillers. At eleven o'clock the Regiment was assembled in the Public Square for 
a service of Thanksgiving. A platform had been constructed over against the building 
which was marked "Kranken Sammelpunkt." On one side the United States flag 
flew from its standard and on the other side were the Regimental colors. From this 
stand the Thanksgi\ing Service was held. General Kubn and his staff were our hon- 
ored guests for the day, as well as Brigadier General Johnson and his aides. Chaplain 
Willis, wdio had just come to the Regiment a short time before, made the opening ad- 
dress and sounded the note of general thanksgiving. Chaplain Lancaster was the ne.xt 
speaker. Then in turn there followed brief addresses by our Comniandin.g Officer, 
Colonel Tvnowles, by General Johnson and by General Kuhn. This service is one that 
will long I)e remembered by all of our men, as with full hearts we joined in Thanks- 
giving to God for our deliverance from battle and the cessation of active hostilities. 

Immediately following the service the Second Battalion gave its memorable Victory 
Parade. We had something of everything in that parade, and it was a scream from 
beginning to end. Commanding officers and men alike laughed until the tears ran 
down their cheeks. If some enterprising stage manager in America could have repro- 
duced that parade at home with all of its spontaneity and originality it would have netted 
him a cool million. The following is the order and make-up of the parade: 

1. A platoon of smart, picked soldiers to represent the conciuering American .\nny 
on its way to Berlin. 

2. The Band. 

3. Three squads of men carrying full e<|uipment and loaded with German sou- 
venirs to represent our return home to Philatlelphia. 

4. A piano on a wagon, to play while the band rests, and a quartet of singers. 

5. The Kaiser, seated on a machine ,gun cart bearing the sign, "All dressed up 
and no place to go." 

6. Two squads of German prisoners in charge of two Doughboys with fixed 


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7. Voii I limlcnliurg, on a beer cart. 

8. Twi) .squads of men to represent tlie M. P.s. 

9. .\ (log hearing a large placard. "'The Salvage llonnd." 

10. Two men loaded down with (jernian trinkets which they have collected 
bearing a sign, "1 got lost from my outlit." 

11. .X man callmg "I'irst .Aid," and being assisted by two other nu-n who are 
ing him from the battlclield, followed by. 


"wo men carrying a football each, one being marked "CC I'ills," the 


I'Onr men bearing on a litter the Crown Prince. 

h'onr men bearing I'^ritz F.itel. 

.\ wagon carrying a bath tub in which is .Max von Baden. 

l-dur men with large sign. "Onr .Artillery is balling Short." 
17. Two si|uads drawing a one-pomider. 
IS .\ Ration Detail. 24 men carrying every conceivable sort of box and bucket. 

19. .\ Rolling Kitchen, not a real kitclien but some sort of stove rigged up on one 
of the little carts used by the Boche to carry their machine guns. 

20. One man drawing an empty cart bearing a conspicuous sign, "Government 
Issue of Chocolate." 

21. One man dressed to represent Von Ilindenburg riding astriile a water cart. 
2Z. Two small men wearing the largest size underwear and uniform issued by 

the Government and bearing a sign, "Perfect Fits." 

2i. .\ Can of Jam mounted on a wagon and .guardeil carefully by an armed escort. 

24. huelli.gence Section, one man. 

25. Three Buglers, as prisoners under armed guard 

26. .\ man dressed to represent a can of "corned w'illie." 

n . l'"our men bearing a wooden man, who will be von Tirpitz pelril'ied. 

28. Joan of Arc. 

29. Statue of Liberty. 

,Sl). .\ man going on furlough. 

.^1. A hilarious group of soldiers just reaching hmne. 

.So impressive was the spectacle that a few days later orders were received at 
Regimental i leadqnarters to send the Second Battalion by truck to Toul to give the 
e.xhibit before Lieutenant General Bullard and his Headquarters troops. The impres- 
sion made there seems to have been every bit as pleasing as it was in Damvillers. and 
the followin.g communication was subsequently received and published to the command 
by Colonel Knowles; 

liii I H.W'KsciviNc Service .\T I).\mvii.i.eks 


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Thi; Leaping Group in the Victory Parahe 

J/iS^Si^ . -'-H; -T^v-, 

Von Hindenburg Passes in the Victory Parafie 

I'lijje Tliroe Sixty 

The 51^ 


American Expeditionary Forces 


December 15, l'M8. 
l-'roni: Cliief of Staff, Second .\rniy. 
To: Commanding General, 79th Division. 

Subject: Parade in Toul, December 4, 1918. 

1. Tbe .\rmy Commander desires to express liis tbanlcs to you ami the Sec- 
ond Battalion, 315th Rcsjimeut Infantry, fur the parade held here iu Toul on De- 
cember 4th. 

2. Me particidarly desires to recognize the cnerj;}' of Chaplain Richard V. 
Lancaster and .Major Samuel \V. I' .^15th Infantry, in such an 
amusement which is of great beuelit to all the troops that take part or who see it. 


Brig, General. G. S. 


1st Ind. 

liq. 79th Division. .\in. E. F.. France. 17th December, 1918 — To Commanding; 
Officer, 315th Infantry, through Commanding General 158th Inf. Bri.gade. 

The Division Commander appreciates the success of the undertakin.i; and com- 
pliments the 315th Infantry. 

Lt. Col., General Staff. 
Actg. Chief of Staff. 

2nd Ind. 

Hq. ISSih Infantry ISrigade. .\. F. F.. 17 December. 191S. To Commanding 
Officer. 315th Infantry. 

1. I-"orwarded; invitin.g attention to fore.nning. It is suggested that this be 
publisliecl to the Command. 

Bv command of lirigadier General Johnson: 


Captain U. S. .\.. 



Ilq. 315th Infantry. .\. F. F.. 21. Dec. 1918— To the C. O. 2nd Bn: 315th Infantry. 
The Re,gimental Commander desires that the Officers and men of the 2nd Bn. 
be apprised of the comjilimentary remarks of higher commanders. He also 
wishes to the pleasure it gives him to note the high spirit of the 
regiment as was in part evidenced by the unique and entertaining celebration 
furnishetl by the members of the 2nd Bn. 

This paper will be returned through Chaplain Lancaster, whose energy, sug- 
gestion and direction contributed much to the success of the Thanksgiving cele- 
liration and the parade on Decenilier 4th. 


Captain, 31Sth Infantry. 


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The Regimental Show — "Salvage and Souvenir" 

During the winter. (1918-1919). every encouragement was given Ijy the higher com- 
mand to entertainments and athletics of every kind in the A. E. F., and in our Division it 
was more or less "put up to" each of the units to produce a show of some sort. Few 
things could have Ijeen more congenial to the spirit of our Regiment at that time than 
this and one urging to put something on was sufficient; so in the latter part of January 
serious tliought was given to the making of a Regimental play. Suggestions were gath- 
ered from every source, even Colonel Knowles and Lieutenant Colonel McKenna en- 
tering with keenest interest into the discussions that took place around the staff mess as 
to what form the body of the play should take. The one on whom the task of gathering 
u]} the suggestions, and of finally making the book of the play fell, was Chaplain Lan- 
caster. He enlisted with him in the effort Sergeant Jack Fields and Sergeant Robert 
Trunibauer. For two days these three sat behind a locked door in the chaplain's little 
room in Chaumont-sur-Aire and planned and thought and chose. On the morning of 
the third day "Salvage and Souvenir." a farce comedy in three acts with music, appeared 
and was more or less officially adopted as the Regimental prodigy. We cannot .give 
here the play in full. As interesting as it might be, it would require too much space, 
but the following synopsis will serve, we trust, both to describe and recall. 

ACT 1. — Curtain rises. — Four girls are seen washing clothes at a French lavoir. 
For two or three moments nothing is heard except the swish of the water and the 
slapping of the clothes. At front stage a middle-aged Jew enters, reading out in a low 
voice tile purchases of junk and salvage that he has made during the day. Presently 
from the other side of the stage there enters another Jew of about the same age. The 
two meet and gaze at one another in silent amazement. After a while they recognize 
each other and it is discovered that one of them is Morris Salvage and the other is 
Jacol) Souvenir. They are both from New York and are now in France for the pur- 
pose of buying up war souvenirs and junk of all kinds. Having been in business once 
in New York together, they decide now again to become partners. They agree also to 
buy a horse which is seen standing near the lavoir, and which evidently belongs to 
one of tlie washer-girls. They try to make their wishes known in French but fail. 
An .American soldier entering at the moment offers to act as an interpreter for them, 
and the purchase of the horse is made. Pleasantry follows pleasantry in the free and 
genial atmosphere of the French girls' coquettish presence until all hands engage in a 
simple dance. Presently the Angelns sounds, and serves to call the girls to an attitude 
of re» erence in which they troop quietly off stage. The Jews follow in meek but ignor- 
ant silence. 

ACT II. — The scene is a barn in which -American soldiers are billeted. .As the cur- 
tain begins to rise, call to quarters is blown and a dozen soldiers are seen in charac- 
teristic attitudes of repose and preparation for repose. A runner enters and hands 
the sergeant in charge a message from the Commanding Officer. Reading first to him- 
self and then aloud, the sergeant announces to the group that the regiment must move 
to the Front that night at 11:15. The soldiers decide then to spend the intervening 
hours in music and merriment, so song follows song and dance, and the time is passing 
merrily when the two Jews enter, seekin.g a "flop" for the night. The sergeant gives 
them permission to occupy the billet. He then orders packs to be made and briefly and 
snappily tells his men what there is before them and what he expects of them. They 
fall in and march, singing, out into the night. 

ACT III. — A section of a trench. — .\ guard walks up and down in the traverse. Sol- 
diers are lying here and there. Presently the guard cries, "Halt, who is there." The 
two Jews answer. They have wandered, without knowing it into the front lines and 
are now very much frightened. They are put under guard and confined in a nearby 
dugout as 1)eing suspicious characters. Word comes over the telephone to the lieu- 
tenant in of the platoon that the Germans are advancing. All the soldiers leap 
to position on the firing step of the trench and a real skirmish ensues. The firing in- 
creases in volume until a real engagement is simulated. Then all is quiet for a moment. 
.\ runner enters bearing an important message, which states that the German Empire 
and the .-Mlied Governments have arranged an Armistice, and that firing will be sus- 
pended at 11 o'clock. Soldiers, hearing the message, cheer in instant realization that 

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tlie war is over. There enters then Red (."rciss (iirls and Army iinrscs. One <il' the 
girls turns out to be the tiancee of the lieutenant. The wounded soldier who was 
lirouglit in during the action is recognized to be tlie nephew of one of the Jews, and 
the ])lay ends in liapjiy reunions and high hopes of a speedy return honic. 

Morris Salvage - 
Jacob Souvenir 


Town Crier 

Xapoleon. Tlie Horse 

The Sergeant 

Soldiers - 

Red Cross Girls 
.\rni3' Nurses 


bv ft 


The play was helped alnn 
received a warm welcome 

An Hawaiian Dance (Female Impersonation) 
A Race Track Scene - - - - 

William F.lliscu 
.Vndrew Rodgers 
William .McDerniott 
Joseph King 

Salvatorc I'ercia 
\ Oscar Wagner 
^Joseph McFadden 
Thomas Thring 
Jack Fields 
Jacob Mel". wen 
Josejih I'insman 
Oscar Wagner 
l-'red Muench 
\ I'rank McLaughlin 
"I John Ruiz 
_ .\ William McOerniott 
/ Joseph King 
\cts wliich before every audience always 

S I'Vank McLaughlin 
} John Ruiz 

George Gennette 
W illiam Conway 
Joseph King 
Claude Mason 
John Schilling 

Lrenzied Acrobatics 
Jewish Monologue 

- John Ruiz 

- jJf.cfj.l-'i'^lfls Andrew Rodgers 
/ W illiam Elliscu ^ 

- \\illiam .Spalding 

- - - Joseph McFadden 

The orchestra that went with the show was everywhere acclaimed as being one 
of the best organizations for its size that had appeared with any regimental or even divi- 
sional show. It was composed as follows: 

Corpora! Otto Dahl, Director ...__._ Piano 

Sergeant J. Roliert Trumbauer. Leader _ . . . . N'icdin 

Sergeant Frank Reynolds --.....- Drum 

Sergeant I'rank R. Schultz ---...- Clarinet 

Corporal Frank Merz -------- Saxophone 

Private .Albert Hall ---._--_ Trombone 

Private Charles F. Hardie -------- Cornet 

Private David J. Lewis -------- Flute 


"S.\LV.\(iF." -\XD "SolVE.NIu' 

"N.-vpoleon/' the Horse 


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1 HE Scene in "Sai.vace axd Souvenir' 


An Account of the Trip Taken hy the Regimental Show 
"Salvage and Souvenir" 

By Lieutenant J. N. McDowell, 315th Infantry 

On March 9, 1919, Chaplain Richartl V. Lancaster desiring- a leave of absence. Lieu- 
tenant J. X, McDowell, of Machine Gun Company, was detailed in charge of the Regi- 
mental show. Performances were given throughout the week of March 11th to 13th. 
inclusive, for the various companies of the Regiment. 

The lirst move was made to Pierrelitte. where the .312th Field .\rtillery was billeted. 
.\ theatre was constructed in an old barn by Sergeant Gladfelder and Corporal Barnes. 
and six shows, including one matinee performance, were put on for the Artillery. After 
covering the .'312th Field Artillery, the Division entertainment ofificer desired that the 
Show should tour the Division. A thorough search was made in the towns occupied 
by the re.giments and otlier units of the Division, but no available places could be found 
in which to stage the Show. So. on Marcli 24th. the Show was turned over to Captain 
David Fleming, entertainment ofificer of the 2nd .A.rm\". at Toul. 

Captain Fleming billeted the troupe at Base Hospital No. 51 just outside tlie city 
of Toul. Here performances were given for the several Hospitals of the Justice Group. 
I'or the first time in France there were spring beds with clean sheets to sleep in, there 
were light lunches served after the evening performances, and most important of all, 
there were fair nurses to call on and dance with. With an absence of reveille and taps 
and passes good anywhere in the Second Army at any hour of the day or night, it con- 
stituted a "tres bon" sector. 

On March 28th. we went up to Camp Leonval near Menil la Tour to play for the 
24th Engineers. Hidden away off in the woods we found one of the best appointed 
theatres of our trip. Arriving about noon, as we did, it was an easy matter to put on 
a matinee show for 2:30. The matinee was for the 24th Engineers and the evening 
show was exclusively for the 522nd (colored) Pioneers. Our Jewish humor seemed 
to go miles over the heads of our dark audience, so we played all the slapstick comedy 
possible and the show went in great style. 

Owing to the scarcity of billetin,g accommodations at the various Air Groups and 
camps around Toul it was necessary for us to make our headquarters at the Justice 
Hospital Group and play the one night stands from there by truck. So, on March 29th, 

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we left by truck for Lay St. Remy to play for the 138th Aero .S<|ua(lron. Upon our 
arrival there we found to our surprise and satisfaction a large hangar which ha<l been 
converted into a very fine theatre and gyninasium. Prior to the performance the cast 
played the orchestra a spirited game of liaskethall in wdiich the honors went to the 
former on account of superior numbers. Then came the surprise of our Thespian lives — 
pie and ice cream. Needless to say the performance went over like a "whizz bang" 
that evening. .After the Show we were invited to have some hot drinks and eats, and 
altogether it was a very pleasurable trip to Lay St. Remy. 

-March ,3l)th being a cold, blustery and snowy day we found it inadvisable tci move 
our scenery for a show at Pont a Mousson, so the day was spent in reading and writ- 
ing, followed by a dance with the nurses. 

The 31st found us moving bag. baggage and scenery to the 25th Aero Squadron 
where we showed on April 1st and 2nd. At a championship liasketball game on the 
evening of March 31st, between the 28th Division and the 2nd .Army teams, some care- 
less aviator crushed our ever-faithful "Cheval" rather badly. 

We proceeded on .April 3rd to Ouresches. where the 168th -\ero S(iuadron was 
located. It was here that several of the actors developed "temperaments" which neces- 
sitated the trans])C)sition of several members of the cast and some slight disciplinar\' 
action on the i)art of the commanding officer. 

Everyone was in fine spirits when we left on .April .Stli for Colombey les llelles. 
the I'irst .Air Depot of the A. E. E. This camp seemed like a reincarnation of Cam)) 
Aleade, and it was the finest and largest we struck on the entire trip. Our playhouse 
accommodated some 2.0(10 men and was built on very modern lines. It might be of in- 
terest to note that this theatre was constructed by Bosche P. W'.'s. captured by the 
315th Infantr)' at Montfaucon. The hospitality accorded us here was simply wonder- 
ful and all keenly regretted our departure. 

The Toul theatre was our next stop. Here we played for four niglits. Our au- 
diences comprised all branches of tlie service and everyone did his very best to i)ut tlie 
show across in good style. Pf)ssibly being paid, through the efforts of Cor])oral Dahl 
and Lieutenant .McDowell, had something to do with the stimulated morale. This fin- 
ished our tour of the 2nd .Army Circuit, so on April 11th we piled in trucks for the long 
trip to Base Hospital No. 91 at Commercy, where we met many a comrade from the 
good old Regiment. .After the first evening's performance, we were invited to a dance 
given by the nurses for the enlisted men. Needless to say "a good time was had by all." 
The next day being a rainy one, several of the "stars" varied the ennui by calling on the 
nurses. This being a privilege accorded only to officers, some ingenuity was recpiired, 
and it must be said that there was no orchestra rehearsal as scheduled that afternoon. 

Leaving Commercy, we went to Camp Girard near Lerouville, where we ])layed on 
.April 13th and 14th before leaving for Alars la Tour (.Alsace). Beans were served 
' *' ' ' '' ■' ' "Pas Electrique" for three nights compelled us to 

except a "hoky poky" show the first evening at 

there thrice a day for three days, 
leave without putting on any show 

We left on the 18th for Verdun, where we were accorded a great reception by the 
274th M. P. Company, many of whom were ex-members of the 3lSth. Due to lack of 
electricity, our audience was kept waiting until nine o'clock before the show could be 
put on by candle li.ght. The second evening went even better than the first and the 
daytime was spent by all in taking in tlie Citadel and the other si.ghts of the famous 
devastated city. 

While at Verdun, word was received by Lieutenant .McDowell thai the 79th Divi 
sion was leisurely moving towards the lunbarkation Port of .St. Nazaire. -As no real 
show e\er t<uired the .A. E. E. without playing Paris, or at least seeing Paris, all efforts 
were immediately directed towards Paris as our I'irst objective. The troupe movement 
was successfully accomplished, and witliout casualties of players or losses of baggage 
or scenery we landed in Paris on .April 21st, without orders, permission or authority. 
The troupe was left at the Gare I' Est, under the watchful eyes of the M. P.'s, while 
the First and Second in Command went to 10 Rue St. Anee to exjjlain things to the 
A. P. M. It might be said in passing that the mend)ers of the troupe left at the station 
were permitted to go out for lunch without a guard, the first and only time such a jirivi- was granted to a detained body of troops. This spoke well for the conduct and 
soldierly appearance of the men. 

Explanations were so very satisfactory to the .A. P. M. that he gave us passes .good 
for 72 hours in Paris. Upon arranging with the V. M. C. .A. Entertainment Officer, Dis- 
trict of Paris, for two performances to he given on the 23rd and 24th, respectively, at 
the Palais de Glace, it was an easy matter to secure an extension of 48 hours more on 
our passes. During our \'\ve days in Paris all of us were billeted in a large Red Cross 
Camp at Champs les -Mars near the Eiffel Tower. The days were spent in sight seeing. 


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for vvliich the tive days were all too short, and that time was the most delightful of our 
stay in France. 

Having gotten into Paris without orders, the authorities were inclined to let us get 
out by the same means, but this proved to be somewhat difficult. However, after much 
frenzied running around on the part of Lieutenant McDowell and First Sergeant Glad- 
felder, orders were obtained authorizing us to leave on the 25th of April for Xantes, 
near which city the 315th was now located. On April 26th we landed intact at Xantes 
and found our Regimental Headquarters at Vertou, from which place we reported back 
to our respective organizations. 

Though subject to the discomforts of travel during inclement weather at times, 
on the whole, the trip was most enjoyable for all concerned, with a live-day stay in 
Paris as a most fitting climax. 

Lieutenant McDowell, as officer in charge, wishes to express his appreciation of 
the earnest and whole-hearted efforts on the part of all the members of the troupe. 
Corporal Dahl was not only to be congratulated on the success of his orchestra but 
also on his cornposition of the music for "Little Girl Are You Just the Same" and 
"Good-Bye, Boys, Until We Meet in the Good Old U. S. A.," both of which pieces 
made decided hits. Many times, on account of lack of facilities, it would have been 
impossible to have played but for the untiring efforts and work of Sergeant Gladfelder, 
"A" Company, Corporal Barnes, Headquarters Company, and others of the stage force. 

The Third Battalion Show — "The Crooks' 

As a result of the impetus given to theatricals by the Regimental Show. "Salvage 
and Souvenir," the suggestion of Major Lloyd that the companies of the Third Bat- 
talion each give a one hour production was eagerly seized upon. Such was the success 
of these one-act performances that the idea of a battalion performance was a natural 
se(iuence. although much of the talent for the Regimental show had already been 
drawn from the Battalion. There still remained, however, a number of men of ability, 
and early in March a rough outline of the Battalion show was staged. Persistent 
rumors that the Division was on the point of leaving the Souilly area rendered it im- 
possible to write, learn and rehearse an absolutely new play so an effort was made to 
combine the one-act performances of the companies. It appears that early in March 
there was a large demand for more plays for Divisional and Corps circuits, and Major 
Monaghan and Lieutenant Scudder, of the Division entertainment office, hearing that 
the Third Battalion had staged a show, asked that a special performance be given that 
they might judge of its availability for an extended tour. At this performance, our 
Commanding Officer, Miss Richards, of the Y. M. C. A., (attached to Regimental 
Headquarters), Major Monaghan and Lieutenant Scudder were present. The men of 
the Third Battalion were also present in force, and local color was added by the pres- 
ence in large numbers of the natives of Courouvre to whom an invitation had been ex- 
tended en masse. Although Lieutenant Scudder, who made the critique of the per- 
formance, found many places where the Show could be improved, those interested in 
the play were deeply gratified at his assertion that just as it was the performance was 
better than nine-tenths of those alreadj' on the circuit. In other words the play was 
acceptable in its present form and the next day the entire east, with Lieutenant Bing- 
man in charge, left Courouvre to tour various towns in the Divisional area. On leav- 
ing Courouvre, Mr. Nash, an actor by profession and in charge of coaching shows in 
tlie area, took a strong personal interest in the performance and introduced a one-act 
playlet of a robbery in fashionable New York termed "The Crooks." This skit, based 
on a short story by Richard Harding Davis, was sufficiently prominent to suggest that 
title for the entire performance, and therefore "The Crooks by Lloyd's Boys" became 
the title by wdiich the performance was known. Before leaving the Souilly area the 
play was staged at Division Headquarters before a large representative and critical 
audience that had seen all of the best shows from both Corps and Divisions, and the 
manner in which the performance was received by all present bore eloquent testimony 
to the fact that it was considered a great success. In addition to coaching the players, 
Mr. Nash took a personal interest in staging the performance, and at considerable ex- 
pense much new scenery and many elaborate female costumes were procured. The 
members of the cast preceded the Regiment to the Rimaucourt area, and when the Regi- 
ment arrived at Rimaucourt it was an entirely different and much improved perform- 
ance that greeted their eyes. The performance, beginning as a local amateur hit, had 
developed into a clever, well balanced, amusing and varied vaudeville entertainment. 
The program of the play as finally staged follows: 

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Captain - 

Cut-Off. Orderly 

Stupid, Company Clerk 

Corporal Kiiiiior 

Private Never IJress 

Top Kicker - 

Private Always Tired - 

Private Flitter 

Marie. Sister of Xever Uress 

Miss Pills, Red Cross Nurse 

Little Egypt 



Sergeant Thomas !•". Sheridan, Company 

Private Ivlwood Hatner, Company 

Sergeant Joseph Keenan. Company "L" 

Corporal Earle R. Hitchner, Company "L" 

Private Charles Ripa. Comi>any "L" 

Corporal Murray. Company "L" 

Corporal William Mullen, 

- Private Harry Mittcr. 

Private .Agostino Mellace, 

Private Josepli Thomas, Med, Det. 
Sergeant Edward (iallagher. Company "M" 
lindustan,"' "Oh How 1 Hate to Get Up in 










Songs: "Hello, General Pershing, 
the Morning." 

Olio: Quartette — Corporal Mullen, First Tenor; Cook I'redericks, Second Tenor; 
Private Flitter, l'"irst Bass, and Sergeant Storck, Second liass. 

Songs: "Kentucky Babe." "Medley of Popular Songs," 

Solo: "My Belgian Rose," hy Private Charles M. I.ydon. Comi>any "M." 


First Sergeant Jnhn 
Sergeant Thomas !•' 

Losner's Son 
a Second Story 
j;an': ^ 



Mr. Losner 
Thomas, Mr. 
Billy Dugan. 
F'lapper Jack 
Jim the Dip - 

Place: Lihrary of 

Time: Two .\. .M. 

Olio: Moiudoguc 
Private Thomas. 

Songs: "Rose of No Man's Land, 

,., ,. 


!■'. O'Day. Company 
Sheridan, Company 
Cook Constant h'redericks, Comi)any 
Corporal Earle K. Hitchner. Company "L" 
Sergeant Joseph .V. Keenan. Company "L" 
Sergeant Charles H. Peck, Company "T" 
Home. Fifth .\ve.. New York. 

Mr. Losner's 

hy Sergeant Charles H. Peck, Songs hy Corporal 
"1 -Xever Knew Aliout You. Dear 


Professor Bone 




Iky Cohen 

Tough Guy - 




Scene Painter 
Property Men - 
Stage Carpenter 
Musical Director 
Coach - 


First Sergeant John F. O'Day, Company 

Sergeant William Gallagher. Company 

Corporal Holland. Company "M" and Private Goodman. Company 

Corporal Thomas Maher. Company 
Bugler Edward Paul. Coiujiany 


Corporal Raymond, Company "M" 

Sergeant Joseph .A. Vanarsdale, Company "M" 

Sergeant Frank J, Lister. Company "L" 

\ Corporal William Mullen. Company "1" 

') Private Charles Lydon, Company "M" 

- - - - Private Gabriel Yenny 
Sergeant Vanarsdale and Corporal Raymond 

- - - Sergeant Elvin M. Baker 

Corporal William I-". Mullen 
Mr. Nash 

While at Rimaucourt, the performance was staged 
the following organizations at the places enumerated: 
.April 7th at Rimaucourt - - - - 

.April Sth at Lififol la Petite - . - . 

April 9th at Chambroncourt - - - - 

April Kith at Pirechainville - - . . 

.April 11th at Liffol la Grande _ . - 

April 12th at Chalvraines - - - - 

April 14th at Rimaucourt - _ - - 

April 16th at Signeville 

on eight different occasions for 

- 315th Infantry 

- 26th Balloon Companv 
3rd Bn., 316th Infantry 

Div. Centre of Instruction 
3I0th M. G. Bn. & 88th Divi. 

- 2nd Bn., 314th Infantry 
315th Inf„ and 304th San. Train 

154th F". A, Brigade 

The success of the performance may be attributed to two factors: the personal in- 
terest and excellent coaching of Mr. Nash and the attitude of the players themselves. 
The feeling was ever present with tlie latter that they re|)resented the Third Battalion, 
315th Infantry, and must do their utmost to represent it worthily, They were also 
keeidy desirous of proving to audiences wherever they went that, although they had 
but a Battalion to draw from, they were capable of staging a performance as amusing 
and entertaining as those given by casts representing much larger or.ganizations. That 
they succeeded in so doing is the universal opinion of persons who were afforded an 
opportunity to witness their performance. 

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Deing a 


Brief Account of the Official Emblem of the Seventy-Ninth Division 


During the fall of 1918, ( ieiieral Headquarters of the American Expedition- 
ary Forces spent much time in studying the question of the identification of 
troops in battle and of assembling them during the heat of action with its at- 
tendant confusion and dispersal of units. 

Finally, as a solution of the question, the idea of selecting distinctive in- 
signia for each division was adopted, the insignia to be worn by each member 
of the division on the upper left arm near the shoulder. This idea was imme- 
diately acted upon, and the commanding generals of all combat divisions were 
instructed to select insignia for their divisions and to submit them for approval 
to (jeneral Headquarters. One by one the combat divisions adopted their insignia, 
following official approval, and the plan, once in operation, proved to be so suc- 
cessful and of such an aid in stimulating the morale of the troops that it was 
later extended to include all organizations in the American Expeditionary Forces. 

The official insignia for the Seventy-Ninth division was selected and approved 
shortly after the signing of the armistice, while the 315th Infantry still held its 
jjosition in the >hell-torn villages of Etraye and Damvillers northeast of X'erdun. 
The insignia adopted by Major General Joseph E. Kuhn and his stafl:" as best 
symbolizing the history and spirit of the Seventy-Ninth Dixision proved to be 
none other than the Lorraine Cross, that ancient emblem of victory which was 
ado])ted in the 15th century by the House of Anjou as a symbol of trium])h 
following the defeat of Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, in the Battle of 
Nancy. For over five hundred years the double traverse Cross of Lorraine 
had served as an emblem of victory and freedom for the brave, liberty-loving 
])eo]jle of Lorraine and certainly no other emblem could have better represented 
the historx' and traditions of the Seventy-Ninth Division. 

The historical background for the adoption of the Lorraine Cross as the 
official emblem of the Seventy-Ninth Dix'ision is to be found in, first, the fact 
that during its period of training in America the Seventy-Ninth Division was 
popularly known as the "Liberty Division" ; second, the fact that during all the 
period of its operations in the World War the Division faced the enemy in 
Lorraine, the province which the Lhiited States was pledged to win back in its 
entirety for France ; and third, the fact that victory finally crowned the efforts of 
the Seventy-Ninth Division in face of the most desperate opposition. 

The insignia of the Seventy-Ninth Division, as officially adopted, consists of 
a gray Lorraine Cross on a blue shield with a gray border. In the passing of 
time, a slight modification has been made in the insignia as worn by officers, with 
whom it has become customary to wear as the official insignia a silver Lorraine 
Crcjss on a blue shield with a silver border. 

In its hues of silver and gray and blue, the insignia of the Seventy-Ninth 
Division has become dear to the hearts of thousands of the best of America's 
manhood, and it is with a sense of high honor and pride that the members of the 
.il5th Infantry, as part of that larger organization, the Division, recognize as 
their military emblem the Lorraine Cross, an outward symbol wherein is centered 
a fervent and undying love for liberty, justice and freedom. 


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Xd liistory of an American rcs,nnicnt would lie 
complete that did not include somewhere within its 
])af;es a record of the wit anrl humor that ,<,'ocs with 
life in the army. War, at its best, is a hard, grinding;, 
melancholy task, but here and there the grev cloud of 
grim seriousness which envelops the military estab- 
lishment in tim? of war is shot with tiie gleam of 
soldier humor and soldier gaiety. This fact holds 
particularly true for the American soldier, who from 
time immemorial has possessed to a remarkable degree 
the faculty of seeing humor in the most serious situa- 
ticjus and untler the most trying circumstances. 

In the pages which follow, an attempt has been 
made to i)resent, by means of sketches and cartoons, 
the lighter side of army life as it e.xisted for the mem- 
bers of the .51 5th Infantry in field, in camp and in 
billet. Soldier humor is here presented e.xactlv as it 
existed. None of the rough edges ha\e been smoothed 
off, nor has any attemin l)een made to i)resent a mild 
and colorless substitute for the vibrant, rough-and- 
ready humor of the American "dou'dibov." 

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(A Soldier Mayor tor a French Town) 

It is reL'orded in the < )thcials Annals of the CSreat War that the Allied forces 
took the town of Damvillers. It is one thing to take a town — it is quite another to 
occupy and take complete possession of it. It should be added to the Official 
Annals of the War, that this is what the Second Battalion and Headquarters 
Company of the 315th Infantry did for the modest city of Damvillers. 

We had been in it only a few days when it was decided that we should elect 
a Mayor for this new American town, after the fashion of the political traditions 
of the noble old city of Philadelphia. To inaugurate this campaign the following 
bulletin was posted and the holding of caucuses and conventions was prepared 


The time has now come when it is manifest to all and extremely necessary 
that there should be elected from the soldier population of Damvillers a Mayor 
to rule and go\ern the city. 

1. The population of the city is rapidly increasing with the influx 
daily of new inhaliitants. 

2. Women (both of them) are roaming our streets at will. 

3. The Y. M. C. A. now has l)oth a piano and an organ, but no cakes 
or other edibles. 

4. The saloons and other questionable houses are failing to obser\e the 
proper hours for closing so that without candles or other light the nights 
are made hideous with noise and disorder. 

5. Lawlessness and discontent among the lal)oring classes ( the K. P.'s 
and the S. O. L. details) are daily increasing in our midst. 

6. Ruthless enemy jirojiagandists are secretly covering the walls of our 
buildings with subtle ( lerman signs as, "Sammelpunkt, Entlausung 
Anstalt, ( )rtskommandantur, etc." 

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A pulilif election must he held, and every a\ailahle citizen of the town must 
express at the ])olls his choice of a suitahle and responsible candidate for this 
hi,s;h office. 

In order to hrinq; out the best a\-ailable candidates two political parties 
must be organized, on the basis of \ital and pressing issues. 

The two parties that are now ready to declare themselves and to call upon 
the soldier population for their earnest support are: 



The party of the Ponimes have declared themseKes unreservedlv in favor of 
the following well-defined issues, and proclaim them to you as the jjlatform on 
which their candidate will conduct his campaign for election: 

1. Beans, when they are to be served for breakfast, should be ])Ut on at 
2:00 A. M.. instead of 5:00 o'clock as is the usual case. 

2. The .^l.Mh Infantry should not be taken lionie until we ha\e seen 
( lermany. 

3. The Y. M. C. .\. ought to issue free to each man daily one bar of 
chocolate and one package of cigarettes. 

4. We arc in favor of keeping cows outside the city limits. 

5. To a really good soldier it m.akes no difference whether his under- 
wear fits or not. 

6. It is better not to ha\e any jam at all than to have onlv one can for 
a company. 

7. J{\ery saloon in Dani\illers must be closed at 8:00 1'. M. 

8. No mess sergeant has a right to keep a whole can of condensed milk 
for his own use when only two cans have been issued to the company. 

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Till'", JAAIBONS, who may be described as the party of the Liljerals, are 
opposed to these issues, and appeal to your support on the ground of their denial 
and negation. A caucus of the POMMES will be held on Friday night, Decem- 
ber L), at 7:00 o'clock in the Soldiers' Club for the purpose of naming a candidate 
for Mayor. Each company is expected to name three men to represent it in 
this caucus. 

The JAMBONS will hold their caucus in the same room and at the same 
hour on Saturday night, Decemlier 14, There will be seated as members of this 
caucus men from each unit as in the case of the POMMES. 


In an office of such dignity and honor as the Mayoralty of the City of 
Dam\illers the thought or question of money remuneration does not, of course, 
enter. But it may be said that a prize bonus of 100 francs will be presented to 
the successsful candidate immediately upon his election. 

The two caucuses will decide upon the dates for the Nominating Conventions 
and the Elections. 


Not satisfied with the platform of the Pommes and Jambons a third political 
party sprang into existence with the following jironouncement : 




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1. What \vc want is plenty to eat. For instance I lam and F.ggs for 
Breakfast, not beans wlietlier they l)e soft or not. 

2. Tlie Y. M. C. A. has $200,000,000 to spend. But, it can't jrei ihe 

\\ hat we want is tlie transportation. Xot the ^'. M. 

,^. ( hir I )pp(_inents sa\' the saloons should close at eight o'clock. \\ hat 
\\x' want are a few to o])en. 

4. We want a better illuuiin.ated city. Three candles are not enough. 

5. The Mess Sergeants must stop using Coal Oil for seasoning. W' 
we want is the good old a la .\merican style. 

6. We must offer some incenti\e to the fair maidens of France to settle 
here in Damvillers. 

7. What we consider the most vital issue of all is to get oiU of this 
DAM-VILLAGE and go home. 


]"".\ery (jne talked politics and worked ])oIitics with enthusiasm. liosses 
sprang into existence over night, and if one ])roved inefficient in swinging his 
group another was promptly put in his place. The election passed off in the most 
apjiroved jiolitical style. When the ballots were finally counted it was ascertained 
that Sergeant John Green of Company "F"" had been elected ALayor of the city 
bv a large majority. This result was largely due to Sergeant Green's personal 
]iopularit\- among all the men of the liatlalion, but jiart of the credit for the 
victory should go to his Company Commander, Captain "Bill" Murrell, who 
introduced into the campaign some characteristic features of Lynchburg (\'a.l 
politics. Immediately following the election a large convention was held in the 
I )am\ illers' theatre, ;it w hich .Sergeant ( ireen was publiclv inducted into office 
and given the reward of 100 francs Ijv Colonel .\lden C. Knowles. 



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Vol.1. No. 3. 

At sea Bomewhero near 
Wednesday May 21st 1919. 



bi'JiOiAL AAiKA „„„„„„ The supply Officer lias made 

Any doubts as to the success ., . i.v, i. Tit. -n 

of our attempts at journalism ^^^''T^^ that all Sam Bromie 

have teen entirely dispelled =«"« ^^ t"^"^^ ^" *= ^^^ "°t 

by recent developments. This lfj«^ ^}}^\^ P-™' *\^\n"^/^' 

morning we were approached by A^SO - To be ever watchful for 

our principal rival, the pro- ^^^ sight of land because a 

moter of the "Tripacross" with ^^"^''«,,*° have the Barracks 

a proposition to dispose of "^^p in the alert position would 

his entire interest, good will '^^ a breach of Army discipline 

and stock om hand.The promoter °" ^^il memorable occasion and 

has lost interest because his ^^^ offender would instantly be- 

ideas are exhausted. The trip °°"'^ subject to Court-Martial. 
is too long. His only previous 

experience was in coming across ad'V 

llLt''T^,V'ilL^trZl f!r ^nd Wear'paris Garters - No metal 

never paid ^ood money for good ^^ ^^^^^ 

will. We have plenty of both r,^^- ^ j.i, T.i:ii, 

and always expect to have. ^l^ °r'f!" °^ ^^^ ^"*^ "°f! 

It has been learned that an *^«? i" *^« ^^""^^ Z "f"''! ^^^ 

attempt to save the life of our number on board the Santa Rolla. 
rival was made by calling in 

Cap't. Brown to write editorials , . ^ „ . ^ 

for the paper. This heroic treat- Lieut. Painter sure did put one 

ment has failed for the promoter, across this afternoon - The band 

after looking over the copy, has played in great style before a 

refused to change his statement pleased audience for a full two 

that no ideas were available. ^°'^s and never did we hear such 

soul inspiring music. Keep it up - 

WEATHER FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW. ^* helps so much to wile away these 
P^j^P^ dreary hours and also keeps our 
1 minds off our work. 

We are still on our course and 

making excellent time considering I* really did seem too good 

circumstances. So far today we ^° ^^ true. The Lieuts didn't 

have averaged 12 Knots an hour. have a thing to do and v*iile 

gloating over the fact a little 

Prom noon Tuesday until noon memo, came to them all giving them 

Wednesday 260 miles have bean something to do until the 28th. 

covered, making a grand total of Who'll be IT. after the 28th, Dave? 

933 miles to date. — 


A stranger was seen on the upper ■, 

deck this morning. After much T'^^^ night's game turned out to 

questioning, however, it turned out °^ quite a Bucceas and there were 

to be our old friend George Freeman ^°''^ °f customers present to help 

in disguise. He has shaved off the make things look kind of glum for 

moustache in a vain effort to win the bankers. 

the girl's heart he left behind. Tonight's game may prove just 

a wee bit more exciting because 

By the way - Has anyone seen Geo. Cap't. Lucas thinks it such a 

Barker lately. He seems to have financial boost that he has given 

dropped completely out of eight. ^^ j.^^ consent to bank it.. 

Clicot Club Ginger Ale sold at the Officer's Canteen any time that 
it is open. So are those Chocolates. 


A Facsimile RErRODUCTiox of an Issue of the 31oth Infantrv Newspaper Published 
Aboard the U. S. S. "Santa Rosa." 

rage Three Sevcnt.v-four 

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XicuT Life in I^'kaxce. 

Three Stars Always Rate a Salute in the Army. 

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"Sergeant, ha\e we an\- good artists in the company?" 

"Yes, sir, one graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts and anotiicr ciiap \\h 
won last year's gold medal." 

"(iood. lla\e 'em report to Sergeant Jazz to letter those water carts.'' 

Vaxk — "Sir, I'rixalc Smith, ,il5tli Infantry, reports as Angel." 

St. Pete — "Well, what did yon c\cr do to rate wings." 

Y.\NK — "Served a year ;nid nine months in the Armv .and never once cussed 

St. Pete — "Ontrav, sold.-a, ontrav toot sweet. 

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Observation Officers Are Advised to Remove Spurs (G. O. 23). 


' f'"«i 

Excited Rookie (first time up) — "There's that sniper. Shall I shoot "im?" 
Old Timer Sergeant — "No, vou damn fool, send 'im a valentine." 

k A_ 

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"Non, Alolionse, That is not le Diable but Alonsieur le Aniericain in his 

gas mask." 

■ ■^PlSa^i^^SS 

i)er llii,'li Cunmiand ainiU ad all Ijleastnl. Lhcncral, niit der \a\- dose Amt-ri- 
li'her sochers ar« 
mil oin- front line." 

kani'-her sochers are fiding. Dey advance on holidays und May Ijariikle llel 


I'age Three Seventy-uine 


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1 IH- 




or Ihru Ike Mill al Saini IVazaire, 'France- 



}^ l\ND THEN CARI^ieO 
'"" THe"BU(}-HOUSt''^ 

^HfRf we MIXED £M UP 
AN PUT EM IN TO BMC t SOFT ' I||l ///' 


'VJavfl KenosiNE and 





ONLY TO FWp ' '^^ ..^^^-^-i 

(^OOT/£S Tf/fl/V BeFORE 

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I'MKi' Tl.ii.,. Kiglity- 

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In concluding this history of the 31Sth Infantry, U. S. A., its authors beg to ofifer 
grateful acknowledgment as hereinafter indicated to those who have so generously 
assisted them in its compilation and publication: 


To Colonel Alden C. Knowles, 315th Infantry, the authors wish to express their 
sincere appreciation for his many helpful suggestions and his invaluable assistance in 
the preparation and final correction of the manuscript. To him also is accorded a 
large measure of thanks for articles contributed. To Major General Joseph E. Kuhn, 
79th Division, Brigadier General Evan j\l. Johnson, ISSth Infantry Brigade, Colonel 
Otho B. Rosenbaum, 315th Infantry, Lieutenant Colonel Charles E. Morton, 315th 
Infantry, Lieutenant Colonel Noble J. Wiley, 315th Infantry, and Judge Eskil C. 
Carlson, formerly Y. M. C. A. Secretary attached to the 315th Infantry, the authors 
likewise wish to extend their thanks for manuscript submitted. 


For photographs showing scenes in action, the authors are deeply indebted to the 
Photographic Section, Signal Corps, United States Army, and for all Camp Meade 
scenes, with few exceptions, to Mr. Abe Weintraub. official photographer for the 315th 
Infantry during its stay at Camp Meade. The photographs showing Camp Meade in 
the making and the review of the Division by President Wilson at Baltimore were 
supplied by the James F. Hughes Company, of Baltimore, Md. 

To the Topographical Section, 304th Engineers, the authors extend their thanks for 
certain photographs showing Camp Meade scenes and scenes in France, notably those 
recording the decoration of members of the 79th Division by General Pershing at 
Orquevaux and by General Kuhn at Rimaucourt. To Regimental Supply Sergeant 
\\'illiam J. Curry, Supply Company, 31Sth Infantry, is extended thanks for photographs 
submitted showing scenes in France. The authors also wish to accord full measure of 
thanks to Bachracli, of Baltimore, Harris & Ewing, of Washington, Marceau, of New 
York, and Phillips, of Philadelphia, all of whom aided without reserve in supplying 
the individual photographs requested. 


To Private, First Class, Hyman Pinkovitz. Supply Company, 315th Infantry, the 
authors wish to extend special thanks for his whole-hearted assistance in illustrating 
this history. The cover design is his, as are all tlie drawings in color and the majority 
of the l)lack and white sketches. Much of his work was done following the demobiliza- 
tion of the Regiment, and upon all occasions his time and efforts were given without 
question and without reserve. To Private. First Class. Arthur S. Roberts, Headquar- 
ters Company, 315th Infantry, and to Private W. F. Kunz. Company I, 31Sth Infantry, 
the authors likewise extend their thanks for black and white sketches and cartoons. 


For maps the authors are indebted to G-2 Section. 79th Division Headquarters, the 
Topographical Section, 304th Engineers, and the Intelligence Section, 315th Infantry. 
To Private W. F. Kunz, Company I, 315th Infantry, the authors desire to express their 
appreciation for his generous assistance, following the demobilization of the Regiment, 
in the preparation of various maps used in connection with the te.xt. 


For certain of the information contained in the text, the authors beg to acknowl- 
edge their indebtedness to the following reports and publications: The Report of 
General John J. Pershing, LI. S. A., as cabled to the Secretary of War: the Official 
Operations Report of the 79th Division as submitted to General Head(|uarters imme- 
diately following the signing of the armistice; the Casualty Reports. Personnel De- 
partment. 315tli Infantry: the ".Army Gazette"; and the "Stars and Stripes," the official 
news organ of the American Expeditionary Forces. 

Printing and Binding 

Finally, to the Grit Publishing Company, of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, for its 
courteous service, painstaking efforts, and hearty co-operation in tlie printing and 
binding of this volume, the authors wish to express their last words of thanks and 

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A Page 

"A" Company History 152-163 

Acknowledgments 382 

"After tlie Armistice" 101-144 

Athletics 337-352 

Awartls 142 



"K" Company History 260-271 

Knig^lits of Columbus 356 

Kmnvles. Col. Alden C 12, 13, 14, 15 

Kulin, Maj. Gen. Joseph E 8 

"B" Company History 164-175 

Basel)aII 340-342 

Basketliall 343-346 

Battalion and Company 145-336 

Boxing 347-350 

Burt, Lt. Col. Franklin T 14, 15 

"C" Company History 176-185 

Cartoons 375-381 

Casualty Lists 128-139 

Casualty Statistics 140-141 

Chaplain's Work, The 353 

Citations, Divisional 143 

Citations. G. H. Q 142 

Contents. Table of 7 

"Crooks." The 366-367 

"D" Coniiiany History 186-194 

Dann iller's Election 370-373 

Damviller's Parade 358-359 

Decorations 142 

Dedication 5 

"Deep Sea Bugle." The 374 

"E" Company History 198-209 

"L" Company History 272-283 

Lorraine Cross, Historv of 368 


"M" Company History 284-292 

McKenna, Lt. Col. John A. 14. IS 

Machine Gun Company History . .316-323 

Medical Detachment History 332-3.36 

M emorial Service 355 

Morton. Lt. Col. Charles E 14, 15 


Nicholson, Brig. Gen. \\ illiam J. 
Noble, Brig. Gen. Robert H 

"On the Western Front" 43-100 

Organization and Training of 

Regiment 17-42 

P. Q 

Pershin.a;, General Jolm J. 


Red Cross 356 

Regiment, The 17-144 

Regimental Headquarters 145-148 

Rosenbaum, Col. Otho 11, 14. 15 

"F" Company History 210-221 

Field and Track 352 

First Battalion History 149-194 

Flares and Duds .369-380 

Football 338-339 

Foreword 6 

"G" Company History 222-233 


"H" f ompany History 234-244 

Hatch. Brig. Gen. Everard !•' 8 

HeaiUiuarters Company History . .294-315 
Historical Board 16 

"I" Companv Historv 248-259 

Index . ■ 383 

In Memoriam 127 

Jewish Welfare Board 356 

Johnson, Brig. Gen. Evan M 8 

"Salvage and Souvenir" 362-.36S 

Salvation .Army 356 

Second Battalion History 195-244 

Shows 362-367 

Soccer 351 

Special Unit Histories 293-336 

Supply Company History 324-331 

Table f)f Contents 7 

Thanksgiving Day Celebration ... .358-361 
Third Battalion History 245-292 

U, V 

Victory Parade 358-361 


Welfare 353-368 

Welfare Organizations 356-357 

Wiley, Lt. Col. Noble J 14. 15 

X, Y. Z 

V. M. C. A 356-357 


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